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Nathan Paxton-2
Hi all,

I am creating a figure with tikz, and I get the following error when I compile a very basic picture:

Package tikz Error: Sorry, the system call 'pdflatex -shell
-escape -halt-on-error -interaction=batchmode -jobname "tikztest2-figure0" "\de
f\tikzexternalrealjob{tikztest2}\input{tikztest2}"' did NOT result in a usable 
output file 'tikztest2-figure0' (expected one of .pdf:.jpg:.jpeg:.png:). Please
 verify that you have enabled system calls. For pdflatex, this is 'pdflatex -sh
ell-escape'. Sometimes it is also named 'write 18' or something like that. Or m
aybe the command simply failed? Error messages can be found in 'tikztest2-figur
e0.log'. If you continue now, I'll try to typeset the picture.

If I tell pdflatex to continue, the picture is just fine, as expected.

It seems like it wants an output file that has a particular suffix, rather than an un-suffixed file?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best,
-Nathan 

Here's a file that compiles "well" (with forced processing).

-------
\documentclass[tikz]{standalone}

\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes,arrows,positioning,decorations.pathreplacing,external}
\tikzexternalize[force remake]

\begin{document}
\tikzstyle{stage}=[draw, circle, align=center, fill=blue!30, text width=2.5cm, minimum height=2em]

\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=3.7cm, auto]
\node (id) [stage] {Identify problem};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}  

------
Here's the relevant log output:
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013)
 \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
(./tikztest2.tex
LaTeX2e <2011/06/27>
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entering extended mode

===== 'mode=convert with system call': Invoking 'pdflatex -shell-escape -halt-o
n-error -interaction=batchmode -jobname "tikztest2-figure0" "\def\tikzexternalr
ealjob{tikztest2}\input{tikztest2}"' ========

./tikztest2.tex:46: Package tikz Error: Sorry, the system call 'pdflatex -shell
-escape -halt-on-error -interaction=batchmode -jobname "tikztest2-figure0" "\de
f\tikzexternalrealjob{tikztest2}\input{tikztest2}"' did NOT result in a usable 
output file 'tikztest2-figure0' (expected one of .pdf:.jpg:.jpeg:.png:). Please
 verify that you have enabled system calls. For pdflatex, this is 'pdflatex -sh
ell-escape'. Sometimes it is also named 'write 18' or something like that. Or m
aybe the command simply failed? Error messages can be found in 'tikztest2-figur
e0.log'. If you continue now, I'll try to typeset the picture.
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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Peter Dyballa

Am 28.09.2013 um 18:13 schrieb Nathan A. Paxton:

> It seems like it wants an output file that has a particular suffix, rather than an un-suffixed file?

This is a TikZ/PGF bug, certainly. It also happens when using 'pdflatex -shell-escape'. The text of the error report comes from TikZ/PGF files. It can also be that the standalone class interferes here, so a test with a "normal" LaTeX class (minimal, article, report, …) can give a hint. With the minimal class no problem occurs, so it must be standalone that changes the process in an unexpected way.

When you don't want to give up standalone, you should report this to Martin Scharrer and Till Tantau. Could be they can find a work-around.

--
Greetings

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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Herbert Schulz

On Sep 28, 2013, at 2:09 PM, Peter Dyballa <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> Am 28.09.2013 um 18:13 schrieb Nathan A. Paxton:
>
>> It seems like it wants an output file that has a particular suffix, rather than an un-suffixed file?
>
> This is a TikZ/PGF bug, certainly. It also happens when using 'pdflatex -shell-escape'. The text of the error report comes from TikZ/PGF files. It can also be that the standalone class interferes here, so a test with a "normal" LaTeX class (minimal, article, report, …) can give a hint. With the minimal class no problem occurs, so it must be standalone that changes the process in an unexpected way.
>
> When you don't want to give up standalone, you should report this to Martin Scharrer and Till Tantau. Could be they can find a work-around.
>
> --
> Greetings
>
>  Pete
>
>     _o    o         o   o
>   _<<     \\_/\_,   \\_ \\_/\_,
>  (*)/(*) (*)   (*) (*) `-    (*)


Howdy,

Also note that commenting out the line

\tikzexternalize[force remake]

also works with pdflatex with or without --shell-escape.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Nathan Paxton-2
In reply to this post by Peter Dyballa
        The minimal class is OK for some purposes, but it outputs entire pages, rather than the solo graphic itself. Sometimes one wants just the graphic.

        It's not just standalone. I'm working on a paper in good ol' article class, and it throws the same error. pdflatexmk absolutely hates this.

Best,
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On 28 Sep 2013, at 3:09 PM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

>
> Am 28.09.2013 um 18:13 schrieb Nathan A. Paxton:
>
>> It seems like it wants an output file that has a particular suffix, rather than an un-suffixed file?
>
> This is a TikZ/PGF bug, certainly. It also happens when using 'pdflatex -shell-escape'. The text of the error report comes from TikZ/PGF files. It can also be that the standalone class interferes here, so a test with a "normal" LaTeX class (minimal, article, report, …) can give a hint. With the minimal class no problem occurs, so it must be standalone that changes the process in an unexpected way.
>
> When you don't want to give up standalone, you should report this to Martin Scharrer and Till Tantau. Could be they can find a work-around.
>
> --
> Greetings
>
>  Pete
>
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>
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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Nathan Paxton-2
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        Good point. I think it was in there because I was having problems with the figure updating as I was making it and compiling it fairly often.

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On 28 Sep 2013, at 3:38 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

>
> On Sep 28, 2013, at 2:09 PM, Peter Dyballa <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>>
>> Am 28.09.2013 um 18:13 schrieb Nathan A. Paxton:
>>
>>> It seems like it wants an output file that has a particular suffix, rather than an un-suffixed file?
>>
>> This is a TikZ/PGF bug, certainly. It also happens when using 'pdflatex -shell-escape'. The text of the error report comes from TikZ/PGF files. It can also be that the standalone class interferes here, so a test with a "normal" LaTeX class (minimal, article, report, …) can give a hint. With the minimal class no problem occurs, so it must be standalone that changes the process in an unexpected way.
>>
>> When you don't want to give up standalone, you should report this to Martin Scharrer and Till Tantau. Could be they can find a work-around.
>>
>> --
>> Greetings
>>
>> Pete
>>
>>    _o    o         o   o
>>  _<<     \\_/\_,   \\_ \\_/\_,
>> (*)/(*) (*)   (*) (*) `-    (*)
>
>
> Howdy,
>
> Also note that commenting out the line
>
> \tikzexternalize[force remake]
>
> also works with pdflatex with or without --shell-escape.
>
> Good Luck,
>
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
>
>
>
>
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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Herbert Schulz
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On Sep 29, 2013, at 7:03 PM, Nathan A. Paxton <[hidden email]> wrote:

> The minimal class is OK for some purposes, but it outputs entire pages, rather than the solo graphic itself. Sometimes one wants just the graphic.
>
> It's not just standalone. I'm working on a paper in good ol' article class, and it throws the same error. pdflatexmk absolutely hates this.
>
> Best,
> -Nathan

Howdy,

I have no problem with pdflatexmk IF I comment out the line

\tikzexternalize[force remake]

as before. That's the same problem as with pdflatex. I assume pdflatexmk detects the problem and then quits at the end.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
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Re: tikz error (but still compiles fine)

Peter Dyballa

Am 30.09.2013 um 03:25 schrieb Herbert Schulz:

> I have no problem with pdflatexmk IF I comment out the line
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> \tikzexternalize[force remake]

To assist here: This line breaks the inherent pdflatexmk rules because it forces something that pdflatexmk does not necessarily detect as being necessary. This line breaks the rules. So it's no wonder that pdflatexmk gives up.

If it's really necessary to remake the graphics output then study the latexmk documentation whether it has an option to force this by itself not by some other software (TikZ/PGF, *latex). If such an option is missing, then contact the latexmk author. Maybe he is not aware of some constraints.

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