First of let me admit that I've very new to the LaTeX, so this may be obvious and I just do see it, but here's my question:

I'm trying to write a set of macros to automatically downsample images... sort of like degrade.sty, but for images that are inserted at arbitrary sizes in the document. What I would like to do is redefine \includegraphics so that this can be accomplished for existing documents. In order to find the intended graphics file, I need to know what paths are currently in the graphics path. Alas, I cannot figure out how to determine what those paths are. Is this possible?

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    Are you just interested in seeing what it holds? For this you can use \makeatletter\typeout{\Ginput@path}\makeatother. The former stems doing a \show\graphicspath. Or do you want to do something with it programmatically?
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 21, 2012 at 1:26
  • Ugh, I feel really stupid. I had tried just what you suggested, but decided it didn't work because I was getting an error about an undefined control sequence... It turns out that the error was the result of a debugging call to my macro - before I had ever called \graphicspath. Anyway, ultimately, I'd like to provide it as an input to a script using \write18.
    – Michael
    Commented Apr 21, 2012 at 1:33
  • You can check whether \Ginput@path exists (in other words, actually test whether a call to \graphicspath has been made) and consequently use/act on \Ginput@path. I'm not sure how to do that with \write18 though.
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 21, 2012 at 1:42
  • @Michael Have a look at this answer of mine that may help you.
    – egreg
    Commented May 5, 2012 at 22:26

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The paths for graphics - set using \graphicspath - is stored in \Ginput@path as is indicated by \show\graphicspath and viewing the .log file:

> \graphicspath=macro:
#1->\def \Ginput@path {#1}.

\makeatletter\typeout{\Ginput@path}\makeatother will show its contents.

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