I'm using LyX (at Windows) and I'm trying to get pdf file output while I have PSTricks code (I put as \ERT.
I Try to write at the preamble things like: \usepackage[off]{auto-pst-pdf} and \usepackage[pdf]{pstricks}, but it still don't compile to pdf file output. (also ps4pdf doesn't help...).

Can you tell me how can I do it?

Thank you!

Here is the code:

 % Preview source code

%% LyX created this file.  For more info, see http://www.lyx.org/.
%% Do not edit unless you really know what you are doing.


%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% LyX specific LaTeX commands.
    \global \@firstcolumnfalse
    \global \setbox\@leftcolumn \box\@outputbox
    \global \@firstcolumntrue
    \setbox\@outputbox \vbox {%
      \hb@xt@\textwidth {%
      \kern\textwidth \kern-\columnwidth %**
      \hb@xt@\columnwidth {%
         \box\@leftcolumn \hss}%
      \kern-\textwidth %**
      {\normalcolor\vrule \@width\columnseprule}%
      \kern-\textwidth  %**
      \hb@xt@\columnwidth {%
         \box\@outputbox \hss}%
      \kern-\columnwidth \kern\textwidth %**
  \@whilesw\if@fcolmade \fi

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Textclass specific LaTeX commands.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% User specified LaTeX commands.



1 Answer 1


the problem is the missing optional argument -shell-escape for pdflatex. You can add it with Tools->Setup->File->Converter->LaTeX (pdflatex)

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Then you need only in the preamble


and, of course, but the PSTricks stuff into the pspicture environment:


However, using xelatex instead makes it easier, no need for package auto-pst-pdf

  • It's still doesn't work....
    – heblyx
    Jan 9, 2014 at 12:00
  • 1
    maybe that it doesn't save the option. Reconfigure and restart LyX and have a look. If the option is not present, then there is a problem with LyX. Under Linux the option is saved in ~/lyx/lyxrc.default You can edit also this file.
    – user2478
    Jan 9, 2014 at 12:04
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    see also the answer to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/144427/…
    – user2478
    Jan 9, 2014 at 12:11
  • Still, id doesn't work...:-(
    – heblyx
    Jan 9, 2014 at 13:28
  • 1
    ok, then try \usepackage[crop=off]{auto-pst-pdf}. Maybe you have no Perl installed.
    – user2478
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:48

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