Oh my god.
I’ve spent the last 2 hours trying to get started taking notes for a class that has an exam tomorrow. I was taking them in Markdown when it occurred to me that it would be cool if I could then convert the file to pdf for viewing later. And of course, I had to configure this now. What followed was a horrific descent into dependency hell.
So far so good. But. The moment I did
vi lecture_notes.md, Pandoc complained that I need vim version >= 7.4. So then I installed MacVim, because this thread told me that was the right way to upgrade vim (and it makes sense).
$ brew install macvim $ brew linkapps
The last line makes MacVim show up in /Applications instead of just your /Cellar.
Aliased it for
vi. Tried opening
lecture_notes.md again. No more complaints! Markdown looks pretty! All coloured!
All right, let’s try converting to pdf:
$ pandoc --from=markdown --to=pdf lecture_notes.md
And of course, that didn’t work. Apparently Pandoc uses LaTeX to convert to pdf. It needs a LaTeX engine. Sigh. Time to install one, then. I went to MacTeX and went about trying to download. And… the smallest download is ~100 MB. Really?! Oh well. Download and install. Now everything, finally, works.
Pandoc’s pretty nice. I don’t have to rely on sketchy online converters any more, which is great. I can do something like
$ pandoc -t latex lecture_notes.md -o lecture_notes.pdf
Or I can do it directly from vim:
And it creates original-filename.pdf in my directory.