This is a Heroku buildpack for working with TeX documents. In its raw form, it simply bundles a working TeX Live environment into your Heroku app and doesn't do anything else with it.
$ ls $ heroku create --buildpack git://github.com/holiture/heroku-buildpack-tex.git $ git push heroku master ... -----> Heroku receiving push -----> Fetching custom build pack... done -----> TeX app detected -----> Fetching TeX Live 20120511 ...
This can be useful if you simply want to play around with TeX Live without having to build or install it yourself. You can pull it up on your instance easily in bash:
$ heroku run bash
More likely, you'll want to use it as part of a larger project, which needs to build PDFs. The easiest way to do this is with a multipack, where this is just one of the buildpacks you'll be working with.
$ cat .buildpacks git://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-python.git git://github.com/holiture/heroku-buildpack-tex.git $ heroku config:add BUILDPACK_URL=git://github.com/ddollar/heroku-buildpack-multi.git
This will bundle TeX Live into your instance without impacting your existing
system. You can then call out to executables like
pdflatex as you would on
any other machine.
Another potential use is simply for building a specific document. This can be useful if you're working with a document pipeline that outputs LaTeX documents, but not often enough to need it integrated into a larger system. Rather than having to build and install TeX Live yourself, you can use this buildpack to do it for you.
This funcionality is provided by a special
autobuild branch. To activate it,
#autobuild to the buildpack URL and make sure you have a
document.tex at the root of your repository. It can reference other .tex files
as necessary, as long as the main file is called
$ ls document.tex $ heroku create --buildpack git://github.com/holiture/heroku-buildpack-tex.git#autobuild $ git push heroku master ... -----> Heroku receiving push -----> Fetching custom build pack... done -----> TeX app detected -----> Fetching TeX Live 20120511 -----> Building document.tex Wrote 3 pages to document.pdf
This will output a PDF file, which you can download it using your browser as
document.pdf at the root of your app's URL. For example, if your document app
silent-night-1234, you'd be able to find your completed document at
Copy the snippet above into CLI.