Zeitgeist Data-Sources

Add support for TexMaker

Reported by Sean Fitzpatrick on 2011-07-06
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Zeitgeist Data-Sources

Bug Description

I'd like to request support for TexMaker and other LaTeX editors. (I was directed here from Bug #646724.) I use LaTeX exclusively for producing documents; currently if I create/edit a document, the .tex file does not show up in the Files/Folders lens in Unity. (However, the .pdf built from the .tex file does show up, which results in the feeling that the Files/Folders lens is making fun of me...)

Hi Sean,
File Lense is powered by Zeitgeist, so it will only show what all is logged. Right now logging is done by datahub and datasources. You should have all of them installed ppa:zeitgeist/ppa is the ppa name which contains datasources.

If you can explain how to get this done or how to start, then someone can pick it up. I hardly use LaTeX, so would need some pointers.

Changed in zeitgeist-datasources:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed

Hi Manish,
I was going to add a comment to the bug I listed above, but in the discussion for that bug, they mentioned that if you have an application that is not alerting Zeitgeist about new files, it is better to request support here.
Basically with TeX/LaTeX one uses a basic text editor to produce a file (.tex) consisting of what's basically markup language; a compiler program then produces a .dvi, .ps, or .pdf (depending on preference). Editors such as TexMaker have some built-in features that make both editing and compiling easier. (eg to produce a PDF you just click a button, rather than running pdflatex file.tex from the command line.)
Probably if I used gedit to produce the .tex Zeitgeist would see it, but it's nicer to be able to use an editor like TexMaker (or Kile, although Kile is heavily KDE-dependent so I use TexMaker under Gnome.) Right now if I create or edit a file in TexMaker, Zeitgeist does not see it, although it does see the PDF once it's been created.
I think getting Zeitgeist to see .tex files created in TexMaker shouldn't be any different than doing the same for any other text editor, but I'm unfortunately an end-user who's largely ignorant of what goes on under the hood.

Hi Sean,
Thanks for the update. We Zeitgeist people would be working on a LaTeX document recently. I am currently investigating how to use LaTeX. This bug came in just in the right time. I would first learn bit of LaTeX and then try to learn how to use this application and add support.

Thanks for your time in explaining the whole thing.

OK, great! Thanks for all the work on this. Programs like TexMaker and Kile make life a lot easier, with wizards and shortcuts for commonly-used code, context highlighting, etc. Much better than when I learned LaTeX as an undergraduate - then we were using vi on a Solaris workstation to edit the .tex file, and compiling from the command line. It made missing brackets a lot harder to track down!

After hunting a lot

I still dont have the URL of source code hosting. I have mailed the author. Let's wait for his reply

Davide Alberelli (dadexix86) wrote :

It would be really great to have TeXMaker support!

It is indeed pretty annoying to have pdfs logged because they are opened by evince, but not to have the sources logged.

I would like to add my vote for this feature:
a zeitgeist datasources/datahub(?) script for TeXMaker would be nice.

There are also other similar Latex Developement Environements that would benefit from the same enhancement:
Kile, texworks

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