# [texworks] shell-escape to texify.exe

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 22:46:14 CET 2011

```Dear Ovi,

On 21 March 2011 05:54, Ovi Chitayat <ovadia at pacbell.net> wrote:
> Hi All;
>
> I am trying to pass –shell-escape to pdflatex (for the purpose of calling
> gnuplot) through texify.exe
>

Are you doing it like this form preferences? Bruno's post:

http://tug.org/mailman/htdig/texworks/2011q1/003713.html

http://tug.org/pipermail/texworks/attachments/20110202/2eccd16d/attachment-0001.png

> texify does not like this argument.
>
> When I use this argument in pdflatex, pdflatex calls gnuplot, i get my
> pretty little Gaussian Plot and

> world order seems to be in tact.

I am sure that the UN Security Council  will be pleased to hear :)

>
> Am I doing something stupid?
>

No, first time around these things can be fiddly until you see a
working example.

> Does anybody know of a way to do this?
>

in TeXworks  preferences you may be able to place something like this
on its own line at the very very top of your TeXworks .tex document

%& --shell-escape

I use the provision for changing or keeping the output .pdf name when
my .tex name chages (visioning). My document then ends up looking like
this at the very top:

%& --job-name=MyDocument-A5
% !TEX TS-program = pdflatex
% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
\documentclass[10pt,a5paper]{article} % use larger type; default would be 10pt

I prefer it as it does not require changing the preferences (which
will apply by default to all documents which can be a security risk if