Is anything special required in tl2014 to continue using pstbarcode?

! Package auto-pst-pdf Error:"shell escape" (or "write18") is not enabled:
auto-pst-pdf will not work!.
See the auto-pst-pdf package documentation for explanation.
Type H <return> for immediate help.... Or turn off auto-pst-pdf.}
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    This has nothing to do with pstbarcode itself. It is the auto-pst-pdf package requiring --shell-escape enabled. You have to enable it manually by pdflatex --shell-escape or something similar on MiKTeX/Windows – user31729 Jun 20 '14 at 14:07
  • After including the option, it still does not work: Package auto-pst-pdf Warning: creation of mwe.pdf failed. Could not create mwe.pdf. Auxillary files not deleted. pspicture No.1 undefined... This worked fine in 2013 TL. – ajeh Jun 20 '14 at 14:44
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    This helped: tex.stackexchange.com/q/25922/37570 Used [crop=off] and it worked. – ajeh Jun 20 '14 at 14:49

You need an installed version of Perl (http://activestate.com/perl/ or http://strawberryperl.com/) if you want to use the crop option, which already makes sense. Otherwise use


Or simply use xelatex then you do not need auto-pst-pdf

  • I ended up using [crop=off] as xelatex is telling me that environment Forest is undefined and installing Perl would be frowned upon by the architects - this is a Microsoft shop :( – ajeh Jul 11 '14 at 18:13
  • There is no environment forest in the above example! If you want to use that package then load it. – user2478 Jul 11 '14 at 19:09
  • No Forest in the example, but I am using it in the actual file. It compiles with pdflatex and lualatex but does not compile with xelatex. – ajeh Jul 11 '14 at 19:10
  • "Does not compile" is not a useful error description. I have no problem with xelatex – user2478 Jul 11 '14 at 19:13
  • Like I said, compiling with xelatex ends with an error stating that environment Forest is undefined, while both pdflatex and lualatex compile that file fine. – ajeh Jul 11 '14 at 19:29

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