I really like the automisation by feynmp-auto, but I also want to keep my working directory clean, especially in git repos.

So I always use --output-directory=build when compiling documents. However it seems that feynmp-auto is not able to work with this option.

Case I: \begin{fmffile}{example}

  • metapost does not find the file because it is created in build/ but it searches in the base directory

Case II \begin{fmffile}{example}

  • metapost would find the file, but no latex throws an error because it tries to save the mp file in build/build, which naturally does not exist.

Is there any workaround, so that I can use both feynmp-auto and --output-directory=build?

Minimal example which compiles if used without the output directory option:




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    It's not supported, at the moment. I can think to add it. – egreg Jan 15 '15 at 15:56
  • that would be great ;) – MaxNoe Jan 15 '15 at 15:57
  • I'm afraid supporting this would introduce operating system dependencies. We have to run mpost inside the output directory and I'm not sure whether the Windows command shell accepts a syntax such as cd somedir;mpost file. In any case this needs more patching to feynmp and I'm a bit reluctant. – egreg Jan 15 '15 at 16:50
  • so, as long as i'm on a linux system i could add an option, e.g. working-directory, and change the lines with \immediate\write18{mpost \thefmffile}% to an if/else with \immediate\write18{cd \theoutputdirectory; mpost \thefmffile}% if the option is provided? – MaxNoe Jan 15 '15 at 17:14
  • That seems to somehow work, but then the MPS file is not found; but I don't think it's possible to make it work on every system, so don't expect a change. I'm not keen on doing something that requires \ifwindows. – egreg Jan 15 '15 at 17:21

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