# Option clash when using graphicx and tikz packages

The following code fails Option clash for package graphicx, it seems to be an incompatibility between the package graphicx (when the option pdftex is used) and the package tikz.

\documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{book}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}

\begin{document}

The lazy dog...

\end{document}


I am currently working with Debian wheezy (updated as of 10th November 2012), and the latest TeXLive LaTeX distribution included.

Any ideas?

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• The pdftex option should never be passed to graphicx, which is able to guess it by itself. – egreg Nov 10 '12 at 11:20
• TikZ loads graphicx automatically and both know what to do when you choose a driver. – percusse Nov 10 '12 at 11:20

The tikz package already loaded the graphicx package, so you can't load it again. Trying to load it with different options will cause the "Option clash" error. You can use \PassOptionsToPackage{<options>}{graphicx} before loading tikz to pass any additional options to the internally loaded graphicx. However, you do not need and should not use the pdftex option manually with modern LaTeX distributions. Packages which are driver dependent are very well capable to detect the right driver by themselves and providing a wrong one causes all kinds of trouble.