Whenever I try to output PNGs with metapost, I get really bizarre outputs. For reference, I'm using Windows 7 with MiKTeX 2.9.

The metapost code I'm using is adapted from the metafont example on the latter's wikipedia page:

outputformat := "png";
outputtemplate := "%j-%c.%o";

    pickup pencircle xscaled 0.2w yscaled 0.04w rotated 45;
    draw z1..z3..z6{z2-z6}..z5..{z4-z2}z4..cycle;

When I generate eps files, the output works fine (the code is the same as above, save for substituting 'eps' for 'png'). Here is a screenshot of the eps output:

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However, when I try to generate a PNG, this is what I get:

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I have no clue what's going on, and I haven't been able to find any reference to this specific problem.

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    It seems to be the combination of pencircle and rotate 45. With pensquare all is well or you can fiddle with the rotation. (Actually, this gives an inkling what's happening I think - try varying the angle.) – cfr May 30 '16 at 1:26
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    Thank you for the report. I have added an issue at tracker.luatex.org/view.php?id=976 – Luigi Scarso May 30 '16 at 8:22
  • @LuigiScarso oh, thanks! I guess I just assumed I was doing something wrong, but this does appear to be some sort of bug. – junius May 30 '16 at 9:08
  • As a workaround, you could use Imagemagick to convert .eps to .png. This works very reliably with MP output. – Thruston May 30 '16 at 23:45
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    It should be fixed in rev. 2102 . – Luigi Scarso Nov 23 '16 at 7:23

Well, it looks like this is a bug in Metapost. The solution I came up with was to simply write a shell script which takes the EPS output and converts it into PNG with ghostscript

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