Thank you. That solved my problem.
I simply overlooked that GUI based bind editing is now possible.

buffer-view pdf2

did the trick.


Am 26.03.2010 um 20:50 schrieb BH:

> On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Johannes Knaus <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'd like to create a keyboard-shortcut for PDF (pdflatex) in LyX.
>> I'm using a Mac and LyX 1.6.5.
>> After some reading in the wiki and on this list I tried the following:
> I'm not sure what you were reading, but it looks like this is the
> wrong advice for LyX-1.6. It would have been better to look in the
> User's Guide, which tells you to use the GUI (see below).
>> 1) I created a file myshortcuts.bind in ~/Library/Lyx-1.6/bind/ with the 
>> following content (copied and pasted from the wiki and the mailinglist):
>> # include one of the basic flavours (cua or emacs)
>> \bind_file      "cua"
>> # add your own bindings (overwriting the included ones)
>> \bind           "C-y" "buffer-export pdf2"
>> this didn't work.
>> 2.) I saved the same thing inside ~/Library/Lyx-1.6/bind/user.bind
>> this worked, but not as I expected: Now, everytime I press Cmd-y a pdf file 
>> is created in my current directory not in lyx.tempbuf() (wherever that is 
>> exactly).
> buffer-export tells LyX to export the file in the requested format in
> the same directory as the original LyX file. So this is the expected
> behavior.
>> What do I have to change to exactly mimic the pdflatex-button by a shortcut?
> You should use buffer-view in place of buffer-export. But rather than
> messing with .bind files, you should use LyX > Preferences > Editing >
> Shortcuts and define shortcuts there. (Search for "buffer-view".)
>> One further question: To keep all other shortcut settings as is default on 
>> LyX-Mac I should better use \bind_file "mac" instead of "cua", right?
> Yes.
>> And finally: Does modifying the bind-files influence the stability of LyX? 
>> If so, I'd rather stick to pressing the pdf-button.
> If the .bind file will load, it won't affect stability. But if you
> improperly define the .bind file, it won't load. That's partly why
> it's better to use the GUI for modifying shortcuts (which was
> introduced in LyX-1.6.0, I believe).
> BH

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