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I used the (awesome) chemstyle bundle to write several theses on my old PC (with MiKTeX), and would like to continue using it with my new mac (OSX). I think I've managed to install it okay at the command line using sudo tlmgr install chemstyle, but I'm unsure about where to proceed from there - I've read about needing to enable write18 (I tried pdflatex --enable-write18, but wasn't sure about what to do next). Any help would be much appreciated! When I try to compile previous projects (using texmaker), the numbers appear in order in the text, but the graphics still have the temporary numbers (TMP1, TMP2 etc). Thanks in advance!

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What LaTeX distribution are you using? MacTeX? TeXlive? 2009? 2010? Does compiling multiple times help? – frabjous Sep 18 '10 at 2:52
Could you post an example TeX file somewhere? Also, which editor do you use, or are you using the Terminal to run pdfLaTeX? – Joseph Wright Sep 18 '10 at 6:00
Thanks for the responses - I'm using MacTeX 2010, I've tried compiling multiple times (from texmaker, have also tried TeXShop) but no joy. I've pasted my main file here: pastie.org/1166589 - with auto-pst-pdf included (after some googling), it fails with the error "shell-escape" or "write18" is not enabled. – Sonia Sep 18 '10 at 14:20
This is not a good example. It is far too long. – TH. Sep 18 '10 at 16:47
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The command line argument you want to pass is -shell-escape to enable \write18.

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Thanks for the answer - I've given that a shot, but no joy I'm afraid. – Sonia Sep 18 '10 at 14:21
@Sonia: I think you're misusing it. When I (try to) compile your example without -shell-escape, I get an error that it is needed. When I compile it as pdflatex -shell-escape foo, then it gets much farther before failing with a mysterious hyperref error that I didn't try to diagnose. – TH. Sep 18 '10 at 16:48
Thanks for the help, I think I was trying to enable write18 for the wrong file...sorry about the n00b-ness! – Sonia Sep 18 '10 at 21:34

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