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I use pdflatex to compile source files that contain EPS figures as well as PSTricks. My standard way of handling this is to use auto-pst-pdf. I have been using TeXstudio to compile files under Windows with no problem. Recently, I have tried the same under MacTeX 2013 with TeXstudio 2.6.4 with no success and the error message

sh: latex: command not found.

I know that auto-pst-pdf runs latex+dvips+ps2pdf first, but I do not understand why running latex runs into trouble.

By the way, TeXShop runs the file with no problem.

Minimal Example: This code runs fine under windows (with MikTeX) when I use Winedt or Texstudio. It also runs fine with MacTex if I use Texshop, but gives me errors if I run it with texstudio on Mac. It returns a pdf file that instead of the figure has a blank square in it.

This is a test. The following figure should be processed OK when PdfLaTeX is run.


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Have you set the paths correctly for TeXStudio? Can it compile anything? – Alan Munn Nov 4 '13 at 4:16
@Alan Munn. The path is OK. In fact it compiles the file but figures are substituted by blank squares. My remote guess: auto-pst-pdf internally calls latex, but the path by which it calls latex is not correct? – per Nov 4 '13 at 4:22
Can you try doing which latex in a Terminal window? – egreg Nov 4 '13 at 7:31
@egreg which latex gives /usr/texbin/latex . – per Nov 4 '13 at 13:29
@per Can you add a minimal example? – egreg Nov 4 '13 at 15:04

Make sure you've also installed the pdfcrop package. It installs a small Perl script to crop the generated PDF to its bounding box size, so that it can be included in your main LaTeX document.

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pdfcrop is installed. That is why Texsop compiles the example with no problem. – per Nov 5 '13 at 3:07
In the compilation command setting for TeXstudio (where you have "latex ...", have you enabled the option -shell-escape? – LianTze Lim Nov 5 '13 at 3:26
-shell-escape option is already there. – per Nov 5 '13 at 3:41


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tried, same result. I think the error is in the latex+dvips+ps2pdf step, and most probably in the latex step of it. – per Nov 5 '13 at 7:29
then the paths for the TeX/LaTeX binaries are not correct set in TeXstudio – Herbert Aug 2 '14 at 21:11

To diagnose your problem, try this with pdflatex -shell-escape filename.tex.

% this input file name is filename.tex
% compile it with pdflatex -shell-escape filename.tex





\foreach \compiler/\ext in {latex/tex,dvips/dvi,ps2pdf \AutoRotateOff/ps}{\immediate\write18{\compiler\space temporary.\ext}}

This is a test. The following figure should be processed OK when PdfLaTeX is run.


\includegraphics{temporary.pdf}% extension is not necessary

If you can get the following, there is a problem with your editor.

enter image description here

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Tried this at the command prompt, works fine with the expected result. Tried with Texshop, again works fine. Tried with texstudio, get the following error messages: sh: latex: command not found sh: dvips: command not found sh: ps2pdf: command not found Process exited normally – per Nov 9 '13 at 6:37

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