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I'm trying to compile a gnuplot epslatex output (which contains a .tex and .eps file). When I use

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{epstopdf}
\begin{document}
\input{temp.tex}
\end{document}

I get the error

) (C:\Users\Stefan\Documents\temp.tex

 ! LaTeX Error: Can be used only in preamble.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
 ...                                              

l.2 \documentclass
              {minimal}
? 

The temp.tex file output by gnuplot has documentclass{minimal}, so my document can't run minimal classes for some reason, why is that?

marked as duplicate by Adam Liter, jub0bs, egreg, Jesse, Martin Schröder May 11 '14 at 22:59

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    You can not \input a complecte TeX file with \documentclass – Ma Ming May 11 '14 at 21:24
  • You must either use set terminal epslatex standalone and compile the resulting document, or use only set terminal epslatex and then you can include the image file with \input{myimage} in an other document. – Christoph May 12 '14 at 12:49

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