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fast_patch

Automatically refactor Latex code

Usage

    [perl] fast_patch.pl [options...] [latex_file...]

This script modify inplace all given latex files. The update version has the ORIGINAL name while a backup version is also created. Backup is named ORIGINAL.bak . ORIGINAL is the name of the current input file.

Command Line Options

Argument Effect
--verbose enables verbose mode
--auto find, and refactor, all .tex file in current directory and all its subdirectories, others file given from command line are ignored
--label Automatically add a label under 'section', 'subsection', 'subsubsection' and 'chapter'. Label marker is based on section/chapter name. The new label is added only if needed.

Refactor Notes

fast_patch.pl automatically modifies file inplace. It starts from a correct latex file an make it better:

  1. Properly indent each block

  2. Converts each perenthesis inside an equation or align block into its equivalent with \left or \rigth:

    ( for example becomes \left(

  3. Apply given MACROs

MACRO

User can optionally add a file named macro.txt into the working directory. In this file the user can specify some macros the fast_patch.pl will add to each line. The user must pay attention to the macro names: if a name collides a latex command this will be overwritten.

macro.txt format

macro.txt is a line based file, each line contains a macro:

a macro has the following format

    NAME 'VALUE'

or

    NAME "VALUE"

fast_patch.pl will search for each occurrence of each NAME and replace it with the proper VALUE.

Lines that starts with '#' are considerd comments and are ignored.

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