i'm trying to export a TikZ picture to .eps using the following on Win7 (MikTeX), compiling with pdflatex:


\tikzset{external/system call={pdflatex \tikzexternalcheckshellescape -halt-on-error 
-interaction=batchmode -jobname "\image" "\texsource" &&
pdftops -eps "\image".pdf}}
\tikzexternalize[shell escape=-enable-write18]

\draw (0,0) circle (1cm);

For some reason, this does not yield any .eps file (the figure will only be exported as .pdf) - can somebody help me with this?

  • You can compile your code without that settings using latex and then convert the dvi to eps. – Sigur May 11 '13 at 16:21
  • Does it work manually? Here your example correctly calls pdftops -eps image.pdf. Do you get any error message? – Alexander May 11 '13 at 16:27
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  • Note that TeX does not receive exit codes - if pdftops fails for some reason, it will assume that all is well and you do not get feedback. The external lib only checks if a "suitable" result file exists (I am unaware of options to receive the exit code, by the way) – Christian Feuersänger May 11 '13 at 18:24
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    For single diagrams you could also use the standalone class instead. – Martin Scharrer Jun 23 '13 at 12:20

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