For certain packages to work properly, it seems to be necessary to enable the option
--shell-escape, for example with
auto-pst-pdf. I am informed that it enables external programs to interact with the engine, in the case of
perl-script, and that this possibility is otherwise not enabled per default.
My question is: What are the dangers or known negative effects of setting this option as a standard?
(Two related questions could be: What is the exact reason this is set per default? Wouldn´t it be desirable to enable
pdflatex to interact with external programs per default?)
The reason I am asking this is that I have know set
--shell-escape as the standard in my editor. It is necessary for me to do this for certain documents, and I don`t want to bother thinking about it with every new document.