[tex4ht] [bug #371] TikZ externalization and PDF images

Nasser M. Abbasi nma at 12000.org
Wed Oct 18 02:55:32 CEST 2017

On 10/17/2017 4:26 PM, Nasser M. Abbasi wrote:
> On 10/16/2017 7:52 AM, Michal Hoftich wrote:
>> URL:
>>     <http://puszcza.gnu.org.ua/bugs/?371>
>>                    Summary: TikZ externalization and PDF images
>>                    Project: tex4ht
>>               Submitted by: michal_h21
>>               Submitted on: Mon 16 Oct 2017 03:52:24 PM EEST
>>                   Category: None
>>                   Priority: 5 - Normal
>>                   Severity: 5 - Normal
>>                     Status: None
>>                    Privacy: Public
>>                Assigned to: None
>>           Originator Email:
>>                Open/Closed: Open
>>            Discussion Lock: Any
>>       _______________________________________________________


I've also run the sample.tex shown in the attachment in


Run it using lualatex only to start with. Not tex4ht.
But I get this error

>lualatex --shell-escape   sample.tex
This is LuaTeX, Version 1.0.4 (TeX Live 2017)
  system commands enabled.
LaTeX2e <2017-04-15>
(using write cache: /home/me/.texlive2017/texmf-var/luatex-cache/generic)(using
  read cache: /usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-var/luatex-cache/generic /home/me/.t
luaotfload | main : initialization completed in 0.137 seconds
ABD: EveryShipout initializing macros
Package pgfplots notification 'compat/show suggested version=true': you might b
enefit from \pgfplotsset{compat=1.15} (current compat level: 1.9).

===== 'mode=convert with system call': Invoking 'lualatex -shell-escape -halt-o
n-error -interaction=batchmode -jobname "sample-figure0" "\def\tikzexternalreal
job{sample}\input{sample}"' ========
lualatex -shell-escape -halt-on-error -interaction=batchmode -jobname "sample-f
igure0" "\def\tikzexternalrealjob{sample}\input{sample}"

! Package tikz Error: Sorry, the system call 'lualatex -shell-escape -halt-on-e
rror -interaction=batchmode -jobname "sample-figure0" "\def\tikzexternalrealjob
{sample}\input{sample}"' did NOT result in a usable output file 'sample-figure0
' (expected one of .pdf:.jpg:.jpeg:.png:). Please verify that you have enabled
system calls. For pdflatex, this is 'pdflatex -shell-escape'. Sometimes it is a
lso named 'write 18' or something like that. Or maybe the command simply failed
? Error messages can be found in 'sample-figure0.log'. If you continue now, I'l
l try to typeset the picture.

See the tikz package documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
l.43     \end{tikzpicture}

>lualatex --version
This is LuaTeX, Version 1.0.4 (TeX Live 2017

May be I am doing something wrong. I do not know. It will
help to post the commands to use to run the sample.tex
also, just in case.


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