[pdftex] epstopdf on the fly with graphics package

Heiko Oberdiek oberdiek at ruf.uni-freiburg.de
Sat Jan 6 22:04:40 CET 2001


the graphic{s,x} package knows the feature that
a command can be used in the fourth argument of
\DeclareGraphicsRule. The command is passed to
dvips that then calls it to get a image in a
format understandable by dvips, eg:
  \DeclareGraphicsRule{ps.gz}{eps}{ps.bb}{`gunzip #1}

I have not seen, that this works with pdfTeX or
that a similar solution exists. But this is
possible, because pdfTeX does know the \write18

Therefore I have written a patch to get the
\DeclareGraphicsRule syntax work and have put
the stuff for testing in a package to be
loaded after graphic{s,x}.

Comments are welcome.
It is possible to detect within TeX, whether
the \write18 is enabled? (If so, an understandable
warning could be written, if \write18 is disabled.)

Best regards
  Heiko <oberdiek at ruf.uni-freiburg.de>

%%% cut %%% epstopdf.sty %%% cut %%%
% File:      epstopdf.sty
% Version:   2001/01/06 v1.0
% Author:    Heiko Oberdiek
% Email:     <oberdiek at ruf.uni-freiburg.de>
% Copyright: Copyright (C) 2001 Heiko Oberdiek.
%            This program may be distributed and/or modified under
%            the conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License,
%            either version 1.2 of this license or (at your option)
%            any later version. The latest version of this license
%            is in
%              http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt
%            and version 1.2 or later is part of all distributions
%            of LaTeX version 1999/12/01 or later.
% Function:  This packages adds support of handling eps images
%            to package graphic{s,x} with option `pdftex'.
%            If an eps image is detected, epstopdf is called
%            to convert it to pdf format.
% Required:  * The program `epstopdf'.
%            * The feature `\write18' has to be enabled to get
%              the conversion via the program epstopdf work:
%              * command line option: -shell-escape
%              * configuraton file `texmf.cnf': shell_escape = 1
% Use:       The package is loaded after graphic{s,x}, eg:
%              \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
%              \usepackage{epstopdf}
%            Images with extension `.eps' are now detected
%            and supported:
%            * Implicitly: \includegraphics{bild}
%              If `bild.eps' can only be found,
%              then it is converted to the file `bild.pdf',
%              that will be used by pdfTeX.
%              On the next ocurrences or on the next pdfTeX run,
%              the pdf file is already available, so the
%              conversion step is skipped.
%            * Explicitly: \includegraphics{bild.eps}
%              Each time the conversion program is called.
% History:   2001/01/06 v1.0:
%              first public version, published in the pdftex
%              mailing list.
\ProvidesPackage{epstopdf}[2001/01/06 v1.0 epstopdf on the fly (HO)]

% Check, whether package graphics is loaded
% (also graphicx loads graphics)
    No graphics package \string`graphic{s,x}\string' loaded%
% Check, whether pdftex.def is loaded
\@ifundefined{ver at pdftex.def}{%
    Graphics driver file \string`pdftex.def\string' not loaded%

% Patch \Gin at setfile to execute #3, if it contains
% a command
\let\orgGin at setfile\Gin at setfile
\def\Gin at setfile#1#2#3{%
  \if`\@car #3\relax\@nil
    \immediate\write18{\@cdr #3\@empty\@nil}%
    \orgGin at setfile{#1}{#2}{\Gin at base #2}%
    \orgGin at setfile{#1}{#2}{#3}%

% Adding .eps at the end of the list of extensions,
% defined by \DeclareGraphicsExtensions
\g at addto@macro\Gin at extensions{,.eps}

% \DeclareGraphicsRule for .eps
\@namedef{Gin at rule@.eps}#1{{pdf}{.pdf}{`epstopdf #1}}

%%% cut %%% epsotpdf.sty %%% cut %%%

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