the code below is not efficient as I would like :



\newcounter{nomfigcpt} % compteur pour compter les figures insérées dans le document






As you can see on the pdf the command


is efficient but when I want to use it in


it doesn't work instead of the file is in the directory.

I suppose that my solution is too naive and I have tried to find a solution without any success.

I use pdflatex -synctex=0 -shell-escape -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Is anyone could help me ?

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    \stepcounter is not expandable, which means you can't use it in a file name. You will have to split the \stepcounter{nomfigcpt} part of the command and the file name. Also the \_ need to be only _ in the file name. – Phelype Oleinik Aug 20 '19 at 13:55
  • \documentclass{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \newcounter{nomfigcpt} \newcommand{\nomfig}{\jobname\_fig\_\number\value{nomfigcpt}.pdf\stepcounter{nomfigcpt}} \newcommand{\curfig}{\jobname_fig_\number\value{nomfigcpt}.pdf} \begin{document} \nomfig \nomfig \includegraphics[scale=1]{\curfig} \end{document} – user194703 Aug 20 '19 at 13:58
  • @Phelype Oleinik : Thank you. I have understood the idea. I think that Schrödinger's cat has given the solution. – Benoit Aug 20 '19 at 20:13
  • @Schrödinger's cat : thanks a lot for the solution. Unfortunately, the second command [code]\curfig[\code] does not increment the counter. Is there any way to do both get the name as a string and incremet the counter ? – Benoit Aug 20 '19 at 20:21

The mandatory argument to \includegraphics must expand to a string of characters, in order to identify a file name. Instructions such as \stepcounter{...} cannot be used in that argument.

A simple way out is to use a new command:


so you can call either form:


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  • This is the perfect and final solution to my problem. Thank you very much. – Benoit Aug 20 '19 at 20:48

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