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I'd like to draw a Spring-Mass-Damping system by TikZ. I found the example in Drawing Mechanical Systems in LaTeX

But I have problems compiling it. If I delete the damper code \draw [dampener] (ground2.north) -- ($(M.south east)!(ground2.north)!(M.south west)$) it works well

The error message as below:

! Package pgfkeys Error: I do not know the key '/pgf/decoration/mark connection node' and I am going to ignore it. Perhaps you misspelled it.

See the pgfkeys package documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.30 \draw [dampener]
                      (ground2.north) -- ($(M.south east)!(ground2.north)!(M...


As I can't reply to the original question, I have to posted a new question about this issue.

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I wonder if this is a version issue. What version of pgf do you have installed? –  Joseph Wright Dec 23 '11 at 15:07
version information as below: (d:\CTEX\MiKTeX\tex\generic\pgf\frontendlayer\tikz\libraries\tikzlibrarytopaths .code.tex File: tikzlibrarytopaths.code.tex 2008/06/17 v2.00-cvs (rcs-revision 1.2) ))) PGFVersion=2.00-cvs ) –  laplace Dec 23 '11 at 15:19
There is no problem with my system with Miktex 2.9/pgf-TikZ 2.10 –  percusse Dec 23 '11 at 15:30
@laplace: Can you remove everything from your document except for this tikzpicture, and post the code in the question please? –  qubyte Dec 23 '11 at 15:35
Can anyone else reproduce this problem? If not then perhaps we should close this question. –  qubyte Dec 23 '11 at 16:37

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It works perfect for me. Did you forget to add TikZ libraries?

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Fernando, thanks for you answer. I have copy the whole codes, also contains \usetikzlibrary{calc,patterns,decorations.pathmorphing,decorations.markings} –  laplace Dec 23 '11 at 15:11

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