Using sphinx-1.8.5 with mactex 2019. The original rst is

.. _cylindricalcapacitorsetupwin:

.. figure:: cylindricalCapacitorSetupWin.png
  :align: center
  :alt: figure 1
  :width: 90%

  Setup Window for the Cylindrical Capacitor example.

This gets translated to tex as


LaTeX is run via

latexmk -pdf -dvi- -ps-  'cylindricalCapacitor.tex'

but this fails with

! Package pdftex.def Error: File `"""{cylindricalCapacitorSetupWin}".png' not f
ound: using draft setting.

See the pdftex.def package documentation for explanation.
Type  H   for immediate help.

l.144 ...idth]{{cylindricalCapacitorSetupWin}.png}

(I notice extra quotes in the filename above.). This worked with mactex 2018, and by hand editing out the extra braces, e.g,


this works with mactex 2019.

Any idea why this is happening?

  • not expected with png actually, but the workarounds here should fix it, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/512840/… please reply here if they don't Oct 25, 2019 at 23:01
  • Thx. Appears fixed after updating mactex today.
    – jrcary
    Oct 25, 2019 at 23:02
  • are you using LaTeX2e <2019-10-01> or LaTeX2e <2019-10-01> patch level 1 spurious quotes may be an issue with either but I wouldn't expect the braces to be a problem in patch level 1? Oct 25, 2019 at 23:03
  • ah you installed patch level 1 then I guess? Oct 25, 2019 at 23:03

1 Answer 1


What you need to do is start a new file in a new folder. Then you need to put that picture on that particular folder.

I think this will help.

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Please, can you explain better your solution?
    – Sebastiano
    Apr 8, 2020 at 17:34

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