I am trying to learn LaTeX by myself... I opened VI [ Please, I don't want to discuss my preference for VI over GNU Emacs and I don't want to ...
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1. ## LaTeX... Newbie learning...

I am trying to learn LaTeX by myself... I opened VI [ Please, I don't want to discuss my preference for VI over GNU Emacs and I don't want to get into this argument... I use VI and I am happy with it...] and typed the following on the console vi test.tex then in the insert mode I did:

Code:
\documentclass&#91;12pt&#93;&#123;article&#125;

\begin&#123;document&#125;

\large
a buncha
stuff

\begin&#123;equation&#125;
\sqrt&#123;\pi&#125;
\end&#123;equation&#125;

\end&#123;document&#125;
I then switched to the command mode and did :wq [ VI rulez... ]

OK?

Then according to the tutorial I did:

latex test

and then...

xdvi test

The first command went OK but the second one produced this:

Code:
&#91;daacosta@localhost ~&#93;\$ xdvi test
bash&#58; xdvi&#58; command not found
What piece of the puzzle am I missing?

2. You don't have xdvi. You may have to install it separately. You can also output to PostScript or PDF instead of DVI by using "pslatex" and "pdflatex", respectively, instead of "latex"; and then use a PS or PDF viewer to view it.

3. Awesome!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Any suggestions regarding a manual for LaTeX on the internet that I can read?

Rgds,

4. I tend to use this manule when it commes to latex: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/andyr/misc/latex/

You might also want to check out: http://makingtexwork.sourceforge.net/mtw/ and http://www.latex-project.org/ might help as a portal.

5. Thanks guys

I found some cool manuals that in no way are inferior to the ones found at Borders or Barnes and Noble...

I started writing my dissertation using Latex with the VIM editor... If I manage to do it I will be very, very happy

6. ## Check BibTex

Friend

Welcome to the world of LaTeX! You should check early how to create a bibliography database using BibTex, it will help you a lot when writing your thesis (and future papers).

A pretty good (IMHO the best of all free programs) GUI app to create/search and manage BibTex databases is Jabref (http://jabref.sourceforge.net/). It makes handling BibTex files really easy, is cute and runs in Java (argh!).

If you have extra packages installed (in Debian is 'tetex-extra') you can convert 'dvi' file format to pdf, using 'dvipdf' command.

FLAMEBAIT: Of course, Emacs also have a lot of LaTeX support natively, especially if you install 'autex' package you got enhanced options.

Best Regards

Savago

7. FLAMEBAIT: Of course, Emacs also have a lot of LaTeX support natively, especially if you install 'autex' package you got enhanced options.

OK, I will bite:

Friend,

What is EMACS?

Rgds,

8. Emacs is a text editor, RMS had a hand in writing it, I say it's a text editor...but it has it's own macros language LISP and a bunch of other features...though it'd take an age to list them all.

btw, there is a tex addon package for vim which does tex syntax highlighting.

9. I know what EMACS is I was just trying to tempt a wacko to be imaginative and describe it in less diplomatic terms...

I learned to use VIM and I like it a lot... [ i.e., I can edit files...]

The recommendation I received from a friend is that I should choose the editor that best suits me and ignore the holy war between EMACS and VIM followers...

I'd say though that after going through the EMACS tutorial I was like "Huh?"
etc. etc.

I gave up on becoming a guru of EMACS

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