[Ipe-discuss] ipe on Windows with TeXLive on Cygwin

Otfried Cheong otfried at ipe.airpost.net
Tue May 24 17:18:21 CEST 2016

On Mon, May 23, 2016, at 16:34, Kostas Oikonomou wrote:
> Only to some extent.   The following link
> http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/41382/how-to-use-linux-commands-in-windows-with-cygwin/
>  describes how to add the Cygwin path to the Windows path.  That solved
>  half of the problem.  The remaining problem is that Ipe now runs, but
>  the .pdf file it produces has a problem with text.  If your picture
>  includes any text, ipe says "There was an error trying to run
>  pdflatex".  I can run pdflatex by hand on the .tex file, and the
>  result is a blank page.   So it looks like ipe is producing an
>  incorrect .pdf file.

I cannot understand this.  The message "There was an error trying to run
pdflatex" means that Ipe failed to run pdflatex - in such a situation
Ipe will not save into PDF format (which it cannot do without having
read the output of pdflatex).    So how could it create an incorrect
.pdf file?

Note that the latex input created by Ipe is in such a format that you
may not necessarily see anything interesting in the PDF output.  Did you
check that you can run pdflatex through the .bat file created by Ipe?  
So start a Windows command shell (Windows+R, type "cmd") and cd to the
directory indicated by Ipe as the latex directory (Ipe -> Help -> Show
Configuration).  Do NOT use the cygwin shell.

The directory  should contain a file "runlatex.bat".   Try executing it
with "call runlatex" from the command shell.


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