Questions about the externalization library of TikZ/PGF.

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Can TeX generate “heap dumps” to analyze+optimize out-of-memory situations?

As package author of the memory-extensive package pgfplots, I have been asked to analyze some out-of-memory situation. I could identify the "culprit"; it was some call to \pdfmdfivesum in which it ...
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Export eps figures from TikZ

Section 32 Externalization Library of the pgfmanual (v2.10) explains how to generate PDF figures and EPS figures. I successfully tried it with PDF output (there is an example with a full explanation ...
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How to make pdfLaTeX multithreaded when `--shell-escape` is enabled?

I am using \write18 enabled (or --shell-escape) with externalization to compile a bunch of PGFplots. The first run takes much time, and I noticed that pdflatex only runs on one CPU core. Is there any ...
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todonotes and tikzexternalize

In my document I use todonotes and TikZ/pgfplots. After activating the externalization in TikZ I realized that todonotes are all exported as well (because they are based on TikZ). This behaviour is ...
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Override TikZ externalize “up-to-date” flag

I am currently using the TikZ external package in order to avoid recompiling all figures in my thesis. There are more than 50 figures, relying on large data, and a full build without externalizing ...
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TikZ externalize, pgfplots and animate

I gave a very fetching presentation written with beamer today. It included a pgfplot animated with the animate package, and the result was fantastic. The problem? One of my colleagues wants to borrow ...
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pgfplots: externalization and legend referencing

There are some issues when using the pgfplots option legend to name together with externalization. When I disable externalization, everything works fine. When I enable externalization, I get an error ...
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Use tikz external feature with beamer \only

I would like to use the beamer \only with tikz while external is activated. The problem is, that the \only get ignored. (see also the MWE). I would love to cache the tikz pictures, because it would ...
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Externalization to other format, Makefile. Add new rules to the makefile

Through using Christian's method of externalization, shown below, one can convert the pdf's to any chosen format right after the externalization at hand. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Automatically set file name of externalized graphics equal to the file name of the tikz/PGF file

As the title says, is it possible to set some options for the externalize library in order to for the filename of the externalized graphics to be equal to the filename of the TikZ-file without using ...
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tikzexternalize only (or not) for flagged graphics

I have a couple of pictures in my work so I started to build them extern in order to increase build speed. But I don't want to externalize all of them, I want a few little pictures to be build ...
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Are the TikZ libraries cd and external incompatible with one another?

Is there a way to use the TikZ libraries cd and external together? This does not work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{cd, external} \tikzexternalize \begin{document} ...
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How to plot a graph from its adjacency matrix and coordinates of vertices?

A similar question is here. If we give all the data of the vertices's coordinates and the graph's adjacency matrix, how to plot it with tikz, pstrick or other tool in tex? here are the data of ...
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TikZ External: Figure gets cropped

Arrow heads from the following MWE are cropped when externalized. What am I doing wrong? MWE: \documentclass{report} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} \tikzexternalize \begin{document} ...
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Draft mode in Tikz externalize hides graphics, but not without externalize

Maybe this is expected behaviour, but it's not documented in the manual, and it certainly surprised me. When you use the draft class option and use the tikz external library, all Tikz pictures are ...
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Precompiled preamble with TikZ/Externalize

I'm using the externalize capability of TikZ (external library) to speed up compilation of my TikZ pictures (as explained in Script to automate externalizing tikz graphics). In addition, I would like ...
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Latex Standalone always rebuilds / apostroph in filename?

I have started toying around with Martin Scharrer's standalone package because tikz external does not work with todonotes and I feel that the workflow for standalone makes more sense as far as I have ...
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Why is fixltx2e incompatible with tikzexternalize

I had some weird problems with tikzexternalize sometimes working sometimes not. I narrowed it down to the culprit fixltx2e. Here is a MWNE (Minimal not working exmple) @ ALtermundus: Yes this is ...
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tikz External: \tikzsetnextfilename and \tikzpicturedependsonfile

Consider the following MWE. If \tikzpicturedependsonfile is commented out, the code runs as expected. A.dep is created stating the dependency of A.pdf on A.dat. Now, lets try to add the tikz source ...
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TikZ externalize → pdf → eps → Word import = ☠

I have a series of TikZ figures which I need to include in Word document (conference requiring Word submissions). Allowed format as EPS and TIFF. The figures are obviously vector graphics; they are ...
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Recreate plot when data file changes

Is it possible to use the TikZ/external library and have pgfplots recreate a figure when a data file that is plotted changes? Say I have something like the following: file.tex: ...
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Problem with environment expansion and the Tikz external library.

I've created my own environment mytikz, which basically looks like this (full MWE): \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} \newenvironment{mytikz}{%begin code ...
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References in externalized pgfplots

I was writing on an document with a lot of pgfplots in it. Because of the memory limitation in LaTeX and in order to save some compiling time I tried out the externalize command. With most of the ...
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externalize pgfplots, and only pgfplots

I would like to externalize the plots in my document (using pgplots), but not other inline stuff, such as bonds automatically drawn by chemmacros. That is, in the following test document: ...
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legend placement with bounding box restrictions and externalization in pgfplots

I find it useful to add \pgfplotsset{/tikz/every picture/.append style={trim axis left,trim axis right}} to my preamble for bounding box restrictions. But then when I use the legend to name feature ...
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Tikz externalization and directory questions

I store my exercices in the following way : Super directory Base_Exos on witch points the $TEXINPUTS variable. Sub-directories, one by class level. Sub-Sub-directies, one by chapter ...
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TikZ images won't compile externally

I have a number of large plots which exhaust memory when I try to compile them with xelatex, so I am using lualatex instead, which is able to compile them without major difficulty. However, I am ...
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Reuse an image resp. a box in TikZ but have side-effects only once

I have a huge document (a pool of exercise problems) with lots of \input statements (one file per subexercise). In order to not get lost in this mess and easily open files from the PDF, I include a ...
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Compiling CircuiTikZ with -shell-escape (pdflatex)

I'm trying to use both CircuiTikZ and pgfplots. In order not to overflow LaTeX memory, I use the TikZ externalize library with -shell-escape command in pdfLaTeX. It compiles the pgfplots nicely, but ...
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Managing a project: separate .tex-files, externalized TikZ, folders

I am currently cleaning up my project to manage it better as it expands in the future. I am wondering if there is a way to manage the following in a smarter and more efficient way. Currently, this is ...
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Beamer overlays, tikz external and custom file name

This is a follow-up question from Use tikz external feature with beamer \only . Andrew's answer there is excellent, and does the job (almost) perfectly. The rough edge I have found was when I tried ...
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Are tikzmark and tikzexternalize incompatible? [targeting sub-nodes]

Here's a MWE using tikzmark to draw an arrow connecting two sub-nodes in a tree: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} %\tikzexternalize \usetikzlibrary{tikzmark} ...
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TikZ externalize fails with Forest

I'm having a hard time getting TikZ externalize and Forest to play nicely. Here is a MWE (text.tex): \documentclass{article} \usepackage[external]{forest} \tikzexternalize \tikzset{ ...
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How to reset TikZ‘s externalization counter?

TikZ‘s externalization feature creates – by default – images like “nameOfFile-figure0.pdf”, “nameOfFile-figure1.pdf” and so on. One can change this behavior, for example I configured TikZ to save ...
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Flatten transparency in tikz

I have a document which I need to compile PDF/A-1b compatible, which means that transparency is not allowed. I have (several) tikz sources directly in the document, and I think they look better with ...
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From inside a LaTeX article, I want to render several parts of the code into a separate png (a “render pass”)

I have a long article with many, say, TikZ images. Let's say it looks like: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} ...much more stuff... \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[red] ...
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Integrating latexmk and TikZ external mode=list and make

I've been looking into using latexmk to create my documents because it automatically handles how many passes the document needs to be fully processed etc. So, for example, a simple run of latexmk -pdf ...
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Display problems when plotting large datasets (unwanted spikes)

I have a problem concerning pgfplots and large datasets. I have the following minimal example: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{pgf} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Externalising TikZ pictures using XeTeX

I'm trying to use TikZ's external library with XeTeX, for example, and I'm running into some issues. Having set external/system call={xelatex \tikzexternalcheckshellescape -halt-on-error ...
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Error using \tikzexternalize with forest

Using forest package for simple truth trees, and I want to externalize because there are a lot of them. Here is the code example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[external]{forest} ...
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exporting tikz pictures starting with 1 rather than 0

I want to export my figures for an editor for import in another text editing program. I would like to have the name of the file correspond to the figures in the document. In the document they start ...
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Lualatex capacity exceeded with Gb's of free RAM

I'm trying to compile dense graphs generated my matlab2tikz (file size ~ 50Mb). I'm running lualatex and externalising with lualatex \tikzset{external/system call={lualatex ...
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tikzscale and \tikzsetnextfilename do not work together

\tikzsetnextfilename does not work with tikzscale package. In the MWE, included file is A.tikz which should produce A.pdf. MWE works if tikzscale is not used. MWE: \documentclass{report} ...
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Legends in Externalized Graphics with TikZ

I've used tikz to build all the charts in a manuscript I'm preparing for submission to a journal. As a last step prior to submission, I wanted to take all the tikz code out and just \includegraphics ...
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TikZ Externalize & Linegoal conflict?

I'm new to stackexchange, and did not find any information about this issue. I encounter an error whenever I try to use the TikZ's externalize along with (unrelated to TikZ pictures-) \linegoal. My ...
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Unable to use external PostScript pictures generated by TikZ

I'm using external EPS from TikZ figures following the suggestions found in "Export eps figures from TikZ". Images are correctly created but when I get the PS of the main document with dvips I can't ...
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How do I include and scale on-image-TikZ-drawings made by the standalone class?

I am building several on image TikZ drawings. In detail: I am having PDFs of technical drawings, I crop the white margins, overlay nodes and some arrows and compile them. The result should give me a ...
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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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External graphics and tikz externalize won't work together

I am using the tikz library external a lot and with success - so far. Now, I need to import an external file (eps, png, pdf... I don't care), and add the axes. I know I can do this with \addplot ...
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Pgfplots gives spurious lines in external mode with geometry

This is not a major problem but all the same I would like to confirm that I am not doing anything wrong. Geometry package with showframe=true option is used to see if all the figures are within the ...