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I'm looking for a LaTeX editor/compiler that does not show the output until it is done. It can be in terminal or not, I don't care.

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See tex.stackexchange.com/q/339/5701 –  N.N. Nov 10 '12 at 9:01
    
I do not understand exactly what you want here. Editing without seeing the (formatted) output can be done with any text editor. And compiling never shows the output, just creates the output file. If what you want is not seeing output during compilation, simply redirect the output (latex file.tex >/dev/null 2>&1). –  Rmano Oct 28 '13 at 2:28

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Didn't quite understand what you meant by 'editor/compiler that does not show the output until it is done'. However, I'd suggest Kile. It is the only one which gave me output despite any unmet library dependency. I've tried a few others without success, even on Windows 7 (although some seem to work excellently on Windows XP).

Install kile with the command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install kile
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I meant that I want to edit the hole thing and then compile it. I've heard that some compilers show you a preview, or you edit like MsWord and I don't want that. I'll try Kile, thank you. –  Ivan Lerner Nov 7 '12 at 16:07
    
You can open one editor in one workspace and output in other. Edit .tex file, compile it and then see the output in the next workspace. Convenient arrangement. –  VedVals Nov 7 '12 at 16:11

Texmaker is a very good cross-platform LaTeX editor. Installation link: Texmaker Install texmaker

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What I like about gedit with the gedit-latex-plugin is that you can configure your own snippets with shortcuts. For example, if you use \mbox{text} often, you generate a snippet \mbox{$} with the shortcut tab-mb, so you just have to type tab-mb to have the mbox latex command with the cursor positioned in the place where you placed the $ in the snippet.

gedit with gedit-latex-plugin and the snippet window

To install it:

sudo apt-get install gedit gedit-latex-plugin
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gedit + gedit-latex-plugin + syntex + evince is the perfect combination. –  alfC Nov 16 '12 at 5:40
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gedit is very slow and/or crashes when opening files with very long lines. Can you fix it? (...) This is a known limitation (...) and cannot be fixed. if you can live with that, gedit may be for you; else, you may want to look for other options, e.g. geany –  nutty about natty Mar 28 '13 at 14:45

I've been using Vim-LaTeX. The pros are user-defined macros as well as many convenient pre-defined hotkeys in addition to the pluses of Vim (efficient text editor). The cons are the cons of Vim (weird text editor) plus the fact that the package is pretty raw looking. Vim is just a text editor, so although the Vim-LaTeX addon adds extra commands and menus, there are no point-and-click graphical shortcuts--and there is no document outline until the pdf is produced. In all, I've come to enjoy it....

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Look at RTextDoc LaTeX editor. It runs on Ubuntu (since Java). Plus, unlike others, it has instant grammar checking.

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