Windows 10, MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit, WinEdt Build: 20150731 (v. 9.1) - 64-bit. I have updated the filename database and all format files in MiKTex 2.9.

I am using the gmp package that allows MetaPost files to be part of your latex document. In order to use the package it is necessary to put EnableWrite18=t in your pdflatex.ini file. Adding --enable-write18 or --shell-escape in WinEdt did not work (separate issue, possibly). However, once I click on the pdftexify button in WinEdt and the compilation encounters a MetaPost file generated by gmp, a panel pops up saying that Metapost has stopped working. Everything seems to load properly--the .mp and .mpx files are there, but MetaPost crashes. Does anyone know what might be the problem? Here is a MWE for those wishing to try it out.

    %% use option 'nowrite' if graphics are stable

    numeric u; u:=1.0cm;
    draw (0,0)*u--(1,0)*u;
    label(\btex "A" etex, (0,0)*u);
    label(\btex "B" etex, (1,0)*u);


  • I've just tried with pdflatex annd it works fine . You can't can't use pdftexify as it is not a plain tex document, but mrobably pdflatexify. Unfortunately, there is no line concerning pdflatexify in WinEdt'sExecution modes. I suggest you use pdflatex first (with option --write18) and use the gmp option nowrite, with pdflatexify once the figures have all been made.
    – Bernard
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 0:31
  • Btw, welcome to TeX SX!
    – Bernard
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 0:32

1 Answer 1


As clearly stated in pdflatex.ini:

please do not edit this file

so revert your changes in that file and rebuild the format.

You should enable the --shell-escape feature when invoking your compiler.

To do that in WinEdt, if you wish to use the PDFTeXify compiler, go to Options -> Execution Modes, and add --tex-option=--shell-escape in the "Switches" field of this compiler, as in the image below.

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If instead you want do that for PDFLaTeX, you can simply add --shell-escape in the corresponding field.

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The --tex-option part is needed because PDFTeXify calls MiKTeX's texify.exe executable which requires that format.

Now your code should compile fine with this output:

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  • I used a suggestion elsewhere to execute the command Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 10:10
  • I used a suggestion elsewhere to execute the command "initexmf --edit-config-file=miktex\config\pdflatex.ini" and then add "EnableWrite18=t". There was no line in the pdflatex.ini that said "Do not edit this file" so it must have been a local copy. I added the switches as you suggested and at least I have shell escape now. However, the problem still persists. Is there anything in Windows 10 security settings that might be a problem? I also apologize for using quotes instead of $ and label instead of label.bot, for example, in my MWE MetaPost example. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 10:18
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    @W.Kehowski It is always better not to set --shell-escape permanently. In this way you can always go to Execution Modes and revert this. In regards of your MetaPost error, I don't know where it comes from. Try opening the file yourfile+mp0001.mp in WinEdt and running MetaPost on it to see what happens. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 14:44
  • It still crashes. Aargh! Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 16:05
  • @W.Kehowski Try removing the packages miktex-metapost-base and miktex-metapost-bin and then reinstall them. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 16:11

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