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I am creating a script to produce some .tex files with a lot of lines (a kind of automatic sample).

The script finishes with texstudio /home/$USER/foo.tex where foo.tex is the file created before.

My question is: is it possible to open the file with texstudio with the cursor at line N, that is, I would like to run the script to open the file and start typing right now, exactly at the right line.

Thanks for a while. Below is the script.

exec 3>&1 # save file descriptor to stdout
exec > "$file" # redirect output to file
printf '\\documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{amsart}\n'
printf '\\usepackage{amsfonts,amsthm,amsmath}\n'
printf '\\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}\n'
printf '\\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}\n'
printf ' ' >&3 # output to normal stdout instead of file
printf '\\begin{document}\n'
printf ' ' >&3
printf '\\end{document}\n'
exec >&3  # restore stdout
exec 3>&- # close / discard temporary fd

texstudio "$file"
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The usual convention for editors is $EDITOR +42 foo.tex to open foo.tex at line 42. I don't know if TeXstudio follows it. – Gilles Sep 4 '12 at 22:18
@Gilles, thanks for your help. I will update my script. I confess that I don't know some commands, but it looks like much more organized than mine. Just one question: printf ' ' >&3 will produce an empty line? This is what I wish. – Sigur Sep 4 '12 at 22:44
I don't understand your comment. Did you reply to the wrong post? printf ' ' prints a space. Your script would be more readable with a here document (search on this site for examples). – Gilles Sep 4 '12 at 23:01
@Gilles, I wrote based on your comment # output to normal stdout instead of file. So, this line will print an empty space on a single line of the file or not? – Sigur Sep 4 '12 at 23:06
That wasn't me, that was @jw013. jw013: you shouldn't edit code in questions like this. Your answer would have been a good place to put an improved script. – Gilles Sep 4 '12 at 23:15
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Have you tried

texstudio --line "$lineno" "$file"


This is documented in the TeXstudio manual.

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Thanks so much. It works! I didn't know about this nice manual. Thanks! – Sigur Sep 4 '12 at 14:55

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