[metapost] how to use mpstoeps on a Windows machine

Yogeshwarsing Calleecharan yogeshwarsing.calleecharan at ltu.se
Sun Nov 29 10:50:06 CET 2009

   Thanks. I'm actually using gnuplot for making my graphs. I set the value of prologues:=3 but I didn't get any EPS file. I also tried mptopdf. It's part of TeXLive 2009 which I have on my Win XP machine. My mp file is name myfigu.mp and the output of using mpost (mp) command is myfigu.2 .I tried 2 options:

1. mptopdf myfigu.2

(assuming labels are not typeset with LaTeX...I'm using the option 'tex' in gnuplot).

I don't get any pdf file output.

2. I then tried: mptopdf --latex myfigu.mp

Still, I don't get any pdf file output.

I tried mptopdf without setting the prologues value and it doesn't seem to have an effect.

I then went to Troy Henderson's page at http://www.tlhiv.org/mppreview/ . He offers a free previewer and then I could get my file in EPS format.

Any suggestions regarding mptopdf or gnuplot?

Thanks again

-----Original Message-----
From: Taco Hoekwater [mailto:taco at elvenkind.com]
Sent: Sun 2009-11-29 08:55
To: Yogeshwarsing Calleecharan
Cc: metapost at tug.org
Subject: Re: [metapost] how to use mpstoeps on a Windows machine
Yogeshwarsing Calleecharan wrote:
> Hi, I would like to know detailed instructions on how to use the
> mpstoeps script by Troy Henderson on a Windows machine (I have Win XP
> SP3). I have installed perl on my machine but then I don't know how
> to proceed. I've read that mpstoeps is for Unix machines only!

You would also need to install a unix shell, but there are better

1. set prologues:=3 in the metapost source. This will create
    a proper EPS with no further processing required.

2. use mptopdf. If you have a TeX installation, you probably
    have this command already. It will convert to pdf (not eps)

Best wishes,

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