I use Gnuplot to generate my figures (with "set terminal postscript eps"). When I insert the figures into my LaTeX document and compile it using the standard compiler latex(?), everything looks fine. However, when I convert the DVI file to PS (and subsequently to PDF), a lot of things are missing -- letters, labels, axes -- see example screenshot:

Example screenshot

For example, the outermost bars have a label with a number, the bar titles are supposed to be "majority" and "entropy", and so on.

What could be the issue? Font problem? Version problem?

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    Please don't downvote without leaving a comment explaining how the question can be improved, especially if it's the first question of a new user.
    – Jake
    Mar 30, 2015 at 7:13
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. To clarify your question, you should add a MWE (minimal working example) of what works.
    – strpeter
    Mar 30, 2015 at 7:16
  • Try set terminal postscript enhanced or set terminal pdfcairo enhanced in gnuplot, not set terminal postscript eps, but I fear, this question is off-topic. Try to use the correct font encoding in gnuplot, too
    – user31729
    Mar 30, 2015 at 7:43
  • Can you make the eps file available for download and add a link here? Mar 31, 2015 at 7:00

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There is a possibility to compile your document directly to a pdf. The compiler is called pdflatex. There you need the package epstopdf which has to come after the package graphicx for correct compilation of your eps graphics. You have to hand over to the compiler the statement pdflatex --shell-escape. Maybe you need also to add --enable-write18.





  • Quite true. I also used pdflatex and the results looks perfectly fine. The problem I encountered was that the resulting PDF could not be opened on any machine, and I have no idea what the issue might be. I don't think it's a font issue since pdffonts tells me that all fonts are embedded.
    – Christian
    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:43
  • Did you look at the intermediate PDF, created by the package epstopdf? If this PDF file opens correctly, then it is a problem with LaTeX and else it is probably a problem with your EPS file.
    – strpeter
    Mar 30, 2015 at 11:21
  • @Christian: If your question is satisfyingly answered, accept the corresponding answer. This gives you some reputation as well. ;)
    – strpeter
    Apr 13, 2015 at 6:44

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