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File copy without expansion

What is the command for file copy? I want to copy the contents of one file into another without any command expansion. In a command line driven operating system one would use copy source target I ...
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how to have an easily transferable LaTeX environment? [duplicate]

I've installed a number of sty TeX packages in my machine (under /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/). I also have a number of LaTeX documents (tex files) in a github repository which I would like to be able ...
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Serious trouble inserting image in MacTex [duplicate]

So I was using the online editor Writelatex and inserting images there is pretty straightforward. However, it's quite slow so I began to use MacTex. I'm using the \usepackage{graphicx} but I guess ...
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IfFileExists and filecontents causes an error

I would like to use the filecontents environment in my document. I get a warning LaTeX Warning: File `test.txt' already exists on the system. Not generating it from this source. If I run multiple ...
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Reading in a conf file as a property list

I'm not worried about supporting sections, although a bounty would be given for doing so :) Here's what I have so far, but it produces strange output for #2: \begin{filecontents}{test} \Property ...
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providing a list of figure filenames used in tex file [duplicate]

Is there a simple way of getting a list of figure filenames from a tex file? for example if I have included 10 png, 5 pdf and 3 eps files, is there a script that can output the filenames to a list so ...
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Hide \multicolumn's

I place the same table multiple times in my main document. For that, the content of the table is placed in a file called model-values.tex. On every \input, I alter the part of the table to be ...
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File Inheritance Structure Possible?

Is it possible to make a kind of inheritance while working with big projects in LaTeX? I think of a tree like inheritance where each child (which are tex-files) inherits the packages and commands of ...
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117 views

LaTeX document containing csv data with empty fields

I am writing a form letter in latex. The addresses come from an external data source. The problem is that empty fields occur (quite frequently, actually) in the data source (see below). Therefore, ...
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Tikz Externalize

I'm having some issues with externalising my tikz images. I'm using the following preambel with -shell-escape enabled using lualatex: \documentclass[print]{adelaide-mecheng-thesis} % for splitting ...
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Add content from an external file to the input tokens for parsing

I have a possibly very long sequence of tokens which is parsed by a macro. I would like to be able to read parts of this sequence from external files, if this is possible. I made up an MWE for this ...
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Problem with documentclass memoir + pgfplots from data file

I'm using the documentclass memoir and I want to make a plot from a file.dat of two rows, nothing special. But I keep getting that pgfplots could not open the file. The point is that if I make a new ...
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Problem with catchfile package [duplicate]

I want to use the catchfile package to import the data of nodes from external file ver.dat as following: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{catchfile} \CatchFileDef{\myver}{ver.dat}{} ...
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Splitting a huge `.tex` file to chapter files on TeX/LaTeX level [closed]

Inspired by (although a possible duplicate) Outputting each chapter of a LaTeX document to a separate PDF, I wonder whether there is a possibility to extract the chapter (or whatever sectioning level) ...
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LaTeX; Refer in one document-class to chapters in another document-class [duplicate]

I want to include an article (with documentclass: IEEEtran) into a report (with another, company specific, documentclass). I want to refer in the article (myarticle.pdf) to the ten appendices of the ...
2
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1answer
879 views

pdflatex.EXE: Not enough room in an internal buffer

I've got a (hopefully) trivial problem. I have a python script that is generating the a .tex file for over 600 figures. The code automatically groups figures in up to 4 subplots depending on some ...
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octopus-graph tikz/pgfplots

EDIT:I found a solution. See below. i'm trying to get something like this: I have small dots and big dots, and some small dots are connected to one big dot. I can "plot" all points with pgfplots: ...
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Logarithmic axes using \DTLplot

I am working with the dataplot package for quite some time and find it useful for my purpose. But now I have to display a log-log diagram and failed to find a suitable function; is there any command ...
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Read integers from external data file to document programming code in LaTeX

I am attempting to document my MATLAB programming code in LaTeX. For this, I use the mcode package, which defines the MATLAB lstlisting environment. With the commands ...
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How to hyperlink to a file and open it on presentation mode in beamer? [closed]

I want to create a hyperlink to the file, and want to open that file directly from the hyperlink during presentation. I tried with the following code. \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{graphicx} ...
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Get number of pages of external PDF

Is there a possibility to get the total number of pages of an external PDF file within a LaTeX document? Assuming that there exists a PDF file test.pdf with 8 pages in the same directory my LaTeX ...
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\if and \fi inside different \def macros

Recently I failed to solve specific task in LaTeX. I wanted to make document with several sections, each divided on several subsections. Each section I had placed to separate files, and used \input ...
3
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1answer
485 views

href does not run properly

I have been working with Mac and TeX Live, the newest version. I want to run videos by a mouse click on the PDF generated by a beamer presentation. I tried with shells and I also used appify to ...
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Rename associated Figure files [closed]

Some journals request that the submitted figure files are named to match the compiled latex pdf (fig1.pdf, fig2.pdf, ...). Now most of my colleagues and I do not name our figures according to the ...
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2answers
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How can I import a picture of the format graphml into LaTeX?

I have to import a picture into LaTeX which is in the format graphml created using yEd. I would like to avoid converting it in a .pdf since then LaTeX would import the whole A4 page. Could you help ...
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Efficient way to write backslash to a file

Say I have a writer and an environment (actually an Environ) defined as \documentclass{article} \usepackage{environ} % www.ctan.org/pkg/environ \newwrite\mywriter \NewEnviron{writethis} ...
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Including XML file into LaTeX

I am using LaTeX for very first time and have very basic knowledge about it. I am using the template from here to write my thesis. I am using Ubuntu 12.04. When I try to include a small XML file in ...
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Create parent folder [duplicate]

I'm writing my training report. I created different chapters in multipath. Now I want to join every chapter in one file. I use this command \include{C:/Users/ETTIEN/Google Drive/Rapport de ...
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How would I take imported file and format it to account for spacing?

Basically what I'm trying to do is use something like \input{details.txt} which contains: ____Here are some random details with stuff everywhere. This is to see if latex will use this ...
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1answer
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Reading Arbitrary Text into a table format

Another file question from Latex; this time I'm trying to read in data from a single text file and put it directly into a table. The file reads something like: something | data | stuff | bacon ...
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How to import `.jar` files in beamer presentation?

I'm using a beamer template to do a presentation and I need to import a .jar file. Is there a specific package for importing such files, or is it even possible?
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Check for a valid file before using \includegraphics

I know how to check if a given argument represents an existing file (see this question). But is there also a possibility to check if this file can be included by \includegraphics? What I want to ...
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Read part and page count from auxiliary file

My main document is included into another that rearranges and adds crop marks to it. For universalizing my script I need to extract the page and part count out of the .toc- or .aux-file. These are ...
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tikz externalization: list and make forces make to recompile the tikz images every time

I'm trying to speed up my latex development by parallelising as much tasks as possible and by redoing as little work as possible on every run. Amongst other things, I want to externalise my tikz ...
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1answer
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Lualatex, fontspec and externalized tikz problem in MacTeX

To enable faster compilation of large documents I'd like to externalize tikz pictures. I also have to use lualatex and fontspec. EDIT: After further testing it seems that this is a problem only when ...
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How can I read in files paragraph by paragraph?

I have an interesting project here and, while I could do it manually, it seems to me to be an interesting puzzle to automate it. I have the following structure: ./ +- main.tex | +- originals/ | | | ...
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.bib library file in a different directory, how to use? (Mendeley centralised .bib file)

problem Hello All, I have the possibility of a centralised, updated .bib file using Mendeley Desktop. This file will stay updated with all the changes I make using my Mendeley citation software. I ...
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2answers
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Include file with preamble to another tex file

I have two files: paper.tex with text, title, and full preamble with authors and so on. It compiles successfully. The second file (B) has also a full preamble with title, authors, little text. It ...
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1answer
478 views

How to get rid of extra numbered blank page before cover page in LyX?

I have a 50 pages document in LyX. For this report I have to add a coverpage before the title with different style and template from the report. This is what I do: I create my coverpage in a separate ...
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How can I make TeX find tikz's files without moving all of them?

I'm trying to recreate my file system on a cloud server so I can SSH into it from my new tablet. So I have def.tex, my main list of custom macros, which accesses tikz.tex: \input ...
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1answer
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Relative paths for \input and building from different directories

The minimal example If I have a directory containing my main LaTeX source file and it uses \input to incorporate some data in another file, I can use a relative pathname. E.g., with these files: ...
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1answer
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Including pictures in subdirectories with standalone package

After using standalone package extensively, I ran into one problem, which I cannot solve. The problem is that I need to include a TikZ picture in main files subdirectory. What is more I want to build ...
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UPDATE LATEX missing file

my latex is already installed but at simulation some tex\context\base\supp-pdf.mkii file missing of mptopdf package, for update proxy server adress and port no.** and also proxy authentication Name ...
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1answer
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How to get a file's “date modified” string when including graphics?

I am working on my thesis, and want to have the date corresponding to when each figure was generated included in it's caption. Currently I manually update the caption when I update the figure. I am ...
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Latex Not Recognizing png R graph [duplicate]

Please help! I made a Latex (using texworks) and it will not recognize my png file. I have the file in the same directory as the .tex and, when I scroll over the command in tex works, the image ...
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2answers
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cross-reference chapter title from different file

My dissertation is several chapters, each written in a different .tex file. How can I reference the chapter number from one chapter in the text of another? For example, how would I produce '... ...
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pgfplots: 3D surface plot from data with free format

I want to plot 3D data from a file (data file) using pgfplots. The data represents an ellipsoid. I want to draw the outer shell like in the following picture, just without the background and in ...
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2answers
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Pdflatex does not read the TEX root line, how do I solve that?

I have a main.tex file with several chapters in a sub folder included as: \include{chapters/chapter01} Each of the chapters' tex file have the line % !TEX root = ../main.tex at the top of the file. ...
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1answer
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Drawing torus points and arches with coordinates read from a file

I have a quite intricate question... I have to plot a torus of radii (r,R) with two set of points of different colour on it its surface. The points' coordinates are in two different files that must be ...
2
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1answer
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Creating one .tex file form a structured large document [duplicate]

I just finished my Ph.D thesis using LaTeX and I create it in a structured way with several folders and .tex documents inside. I have a master main.tex file and add the different chapters, sections ...