[texhax] Calling an external command from source

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Thu Mar 15 17:22:13 CET 2007

On Mar 15, 2007, at 09:02 , ap wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if there's any way of executing a system command from
> withing a TeX source. I want to create a LaTeX command that can
> automatically have a given file be processed and then use the result.
> I couldn't figure any way of doing that. Of course, I could
> externally call the system command before calling the compiler
> itself, but for various reasons I would much more prefer this being
> done transparently.

In theory, it's possible.  I believe there have been several attempts  
to do this, with varying success.  Google for 'sagetex.sty', and you  
should get some pointers.  This .sty file has TeX commands to let you  
run a system command ('sage') to produce output based on what's in  
the .tex file.


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