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I'm trying to use L-Systems in LaTeX, but the following minimal example exits with an error:

\documentclass[a4paper, pdftex]{book} 
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture} 
    \draw [green!50!black, rotate=90]
    [l-system={rule set={F -> FF-[-F+F]+[+F-F]}, axiom=F, order=4, step=2pt, randomize step percent=25, angle=30, randomize angle percent=5}]
    lindenmayer system; 
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}

The error is:

! Missing \endcsname inserted.
<to be read again> 
                   \pgf@arrows@invertl 
l.8 ...t=25, angle=30, randomize angle percent=5}]

UPDATE: It seems I might be missing something like:

\usetikzlibrary{lindenmayersystems}

Which, incidentally, results in the following error:

! I can't find file `tikzlibrarylindenmayersystems.code.tex'.
<argument> ...nput tikzlibrary\pgf@temp .code.tex 
                                                  \catcode `\@ =\csname tikz...

Thoughts?

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What is your pgf version? It appears that l-systems library is in the CVS version of pgf, not in the regular 2.0 version.

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I had the same problem. After I updated to a newer TeX installation (TeX-Live 2010 I think), everything worked fine. Tikz is pretty new in the LaTeX world and seems to be changing fairly rapidly.

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