The following are hints for using FlyMake with TeX and LaTeX.

Note: If your latex file has digits immediately before the dot (e.g. design2.tex), flymake will assume it is a portion of a larger work and try to find another file that \includes it!

Is it possible to use latex with flymake on linux machines? I try it today and it seems that the mode works only under miktex.

This mode works on linux machines with customization. The default program (texify) is incorrect, so I used chktex:

  (defun flymake-get-tex-args (file-name)
    (list "chktex" (list "-q" "-v0" file-name)))

If you use a recent version of LaTeX having the option “-file-line-error-style”, you can use:

  (defun flymake-get-tex-args (file-name)
    (list "latex" (list "-file-line-error-style" file-name)))


Another setting to use ChkTeX: After installing the checking tool, you can put the following .chktexrc on your home direcotry:

  # ~/.chktexrc
  # -v0; silent mode : change the default setting of -v0 as follows:
  "%f%b%l%b%c%b%k: %m!n"

Then, write .emacs for flymake as follows:

  ;; Flymake for LaTeX
  (defun flymake-get-tex-args (file-name)
    (list "chktex" (list "-g0" "-r" "-l" (expand-file-name "~/.chktexrc") "-I" "-q" "-v0" file-name)))
     1 2 3 4) flymake-err-line-patterns)

– ike

For Japanese, unfortunately, chktex doesn’t understand 2byte code e.g. Japanese character. Trick: we can pass the tex file to the kakasi filter, then check it.

Here is another solution for Japanese TeX users:

  ;; Flymake for LaTeX
  (defun flymake-get-tex-args (file-name)
    (list (expand-file-name "~/bin/") (list file-name)))
     nil 2 3 4) flymake-err-line-patterns)
  file_name=`basename "$real_file_name"`
  tmp_dir=`mktemp -d`
  # assumed that the source code has EUC-JP encoding                                                                                             
  cat "$real_file_name" | kakasi -ieuc -Ha -Ka -Ja -Ea -ka -s > "$tmp_file"
  mkdir -p $tmp_dir
  cp $tmp_file $fake_name
  chktex -g0 -r -l ~/.chktexrc -I -q -v0 $fake_name
  # clean up                                                                                                                                     
  rm -fr "$tmp_file"
  rm -fr "$tmp_dir"


Tex Live!

To use flymake with latex or pdflatex from the texlive distribution on linux (as e.g., included in OpenSuse):

  (defun flymake-get-tex-args (file-name)
    (list "pdflatex" (list "-file-line-error" "-draftmode" "-interaction=nonstopmode" file-name)))