I have enabled write18 by telling TeXlipse to call pdfLaTeX using the --enable-write18 option. However, this does not seem to work properly. The code






    plot sin(x), cos(x)

    \draw[domain = -pi : pi] plot function{sin(x)};


produces the output

\ifeof18: flase, \pdfshellescape: true

so write18 seems to indeed be enabled, however instead of producing plots it gives me the errors

pdflatex.exe> Package pgf Warning: Plot data file `document.pgf-plot.table' not found.

pdflatex.exe> Package gnuplottex Warning: Shell escape not enabled.
pdflatex.exe> (gnuplottex)                You'll need to convert the graphs yourself..

pdflatex.exe> Package gnuplottex Warning: Please convert document-gnuplottex-fig1.gnuplot manually.

What did I do wrong and how can I fix this?

PS: gnuplot is installed and calling it from the command line works fine.


I found the following occurences of runsystem in the log file:

runsystem(touch w18-test-20145301175.tex)...executed.

runsystem(rm -f w18-test-20145301175.tex)...executed.

runsystem(gnuplot document.pgf-plot.gnuplot)...executed.
  • What TeX distribution are you running? Try --shell-escape instead of --enable-write-18 that's specific of MiKTeX, while the other one should work on every system. – egreg May 30 '14 at 16:18
  • @egreg: I am using MiKTeX and thus switching to --shell-escape didn't do anything. However, I noticed that \ifeof18 is false even without --shell-escape (or --enable-write18) whereas pdfshellescape changes as expected. – schtandard May 30 '14 at 16:24
  • You need to pass the option miktex: \usepackage[miktex]{gnuplottex} – Ulrike Fischer May 30 '14 at 16:26
  • \ifeof18 is false because the restricted shell escape is active. You should report what's near runsystem in the log file. But Ulrike's suggestion seems good. – egreg May 30 '14 at 16:28
  • @Ulrike: That didn't change anything. @egreg: I added the occurences of runsystem in the log file to my question. – schtandard May 30 '14 at 16:42

For the shell-excape test you need to pass the option miktex to gnuplottex:


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