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TeX called improperly

From: Steve Throckmorton
Subject: TeX called improperly
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 02:06:31 -0400

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In GNU Emacs 21.1.1 (i386-msvc-windows98.2222)
 of 2001-10-22 on buffy
configured using `configure --with-msvc (12.00)'
Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: enu
  locale-coding-system: iso-latin-1
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

I have encountered two separate problems calling utilities from within
TeX mode.  I was able to fix/workaround each with a modification to
the file tex-mode.el .

One problem is that attempts to call a dvi viewer were failing because
emacs was appending an ampersand ('&') to the .dvi filename in a vain
attempt to make Win98 run the viewer in background.  I changed the
function tex-print to call tex-send-command with nil (instead of
t, of course) passed to the optional argument 'background'.

The other problem I had was that emacs was calling tex.exe with the
option string (tex-start-options-string), which I set within 
buffer with the Local Variables feature, in quotes ("").  This caused
the options to be ignored by TeX.  I discovered that the function
tex-start-tex was running tex-start-options-string through some
function called shell-quote-argument, which caused the quotes to
appear in the command line.  I deleted the call to
shell-quote-argument, and that seemed to fix things for me.

It seems obvious to me that the first problem is Windows-specific.  I
have no idea about the options-string-in-quotes problem, though.

Recent input:
C-g C-x k <return> M-x r e p o r t - e <tab> <retu

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