# TeXcount problems with $dollar sign in shell command I can't get TeXcount to perform a word count on a LaTeX document that runs a Linux shell command to access a shell variable (i.e. the command involves a "$" dollar symbol).

example.tex

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\begin{document}
The user's home directory is located at:~\input|"echo $HOME" \end{document}  This sucessfully compiles with pdflatex --shell-escape example.tex and gives me the location of my home directory. However, running texcount example.tex fails because "$" is a special character in LaTeX and they usually come in pairs.

If I escape the "$" using a backslash (i.e. \$) then TeXcount runs fine but the PDF produced by pdflatex now contains the literal string "$HOME" instead of the location of my home directory. Is there a way to hide the "$" from TeXcount without hiding it from the shell? (Or could this be a bug in TeXcount?)

• Peter Grill has already given a good solution to this: to put it into a macro. I personally also think the code becomes cleaner this way. It also allows you to specify how you want this macro to be counted. Although the $ sign causes the immediate problem, the underlying problem is that TeXcount will try to interpret \input as a file inclusion macro. Jan 10, 2015 at 12:55 ## 1 Answer It seems that if you move the offending material into a macro it works fine: File: count.tex Encoding: ascii Words in text: 7 Words in headers: 0 Words outside text (captions, etc.): 0 Number of headers: 0 Number of floats/tables/figures: 0 Number of math inlines: 0 Number of math displayed: 0  ## Code: \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \newcommand*{\HomeDir}{% \input|"echo$HOME"%
}

\begin{document}
The user's home directory is located at:~\HomeDir
\end{document}