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February 16, 2011

Emacs as my default pdf viewer

In the last week, I’ve switched over to using emacs for pdf viewing (reading) via doc-view because I noticed “C-v” and “M-v” did not do what I want in Document Viewer aka Evince ;). At least with OpenOffice, I could remap the navigation keys; not so with Evince. I usually open the pdf files in emacs via dired, but I’m loving it so much that I want it to be the default viewer on my system, i.e., double clicking files in Nautilus. I created the following bash script and set it as the default pdf viewer on my Ubuntu machine.

 <pre class="src src-sh"><span style="color: #ff4500;">#</span><span style="color: #ff4500;">! /bin/</span><span style="color: #00ffff;">bash</span>

nohup emacs -q –no-site-file –eval “(set-scroll-bar-mode ‘right)” –eval “(set-background-color \”black\”)” –eval “(x-send-client-message nil 0 nil \”_NET_WM_STATE\” 32 ‘(2 \”_NET_WM_STATE_MAXIMIZED_HORZ\” 0))” –eval “(x-send-client-message nil 0 nil \”_NET_WM_STATE\” 32 ‘(2 \”_NET_WM_STATE_MAXIMIZED_VERT\” 0))” –eval “(tool-bar-mode -1)” –eval “(setq doc-view-resolution 160)” –eval “(require ‘doc-view)” –eval “(define-key doc-view-mode-map (kbd \”C-v\”) ‘doc-view-scroll-up-or-next-page)” –eval “(define-key doc-view-mode-map (kbd \”M-v\”) ‘doc-view-scroll-down-or-previous-page)” –eval “(setq doc-view-continuous t)” “$@” 1> /dev/null 2>&1 &

Feel free to modify my custom settings in the script.

When I give talks using pdf slides, I just have to open the files manually in Evince or Acroread.

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