[metapost] mptopdf and outputtemplate don't get along well
franck.pastor at skynet.be
Mon Feb 15 22:41:01 CET 2010
Recently I discover the new template mechanism in MetaPost which
makes use of the variable "outputtemplate". Since I always wanted to
get rid of these strange "foo.1", "foo.2" file names, I heartily
welcomed this new feature. However, it appears that the mptopdf script
doesn't like it. For example, suppose I want to run a "foo.mp"
metapost file, like this:
outputtemplate := "%j-%c.mps";
draw unitsquare scaled 1cm;
then I observe this:
1) If I enter "mptopdf foo.mp", no pdf version of the picture is
produced at all, only foo-1.mps.
2) If I enter now "mptopdf foo-1.mps", it works, but the pdf has got a
somewhat ugly name: "foo-1-mps.pdf" (I expected "foo-1.pdf", as it is
the case without outputtemplate setting).
Are these problems bugs, or features? I use MetaPost 1.208 and mptopdf
1.3.3, from TeX Live 2009 (MacTeX).
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