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What does --shell-escape do?

I stumbled upon an example, which needed to be compiled with the additional option --shell-escape. Using this option it worked just fine, but I'm curious: Why or when is this option needed and ...
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Shell escape after PDF is finished and closed?

I like to escape to the shell using \write18 at the very end of the compilation after the PDF file got completely written and was closed, so that I can use it as part the shell command. Is this ...
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Can TeX post-process the PDF it produces?

This is a follow-up to Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output?. Having discovered that pdftotext is the way to go, I'm curious as to whether it is possible to have TeX invoke that command on ...
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Is it possible to compile a *TeX document with a single command?

Let's say I have a document that uses cross-references and also bibtex/biblatex to manage the bibliography. Currently I need to run pdflatex + bibtex/biber + pdflatex to generate the final document. ...