# [texworks] shell-escape to texify.exe

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 01:14:11 CET 2011

```Just for clarity are you trying to invoke texify on the fly?

On 21 March 2011 10:46, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?
>>
>
> Depending on your distribution and other settings, instead of doing it
> 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