Tikz Filter

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Renders Tikz code to PDF.

Aliases for this filter

  • tikz

Converts from file formats:

  • .tex
  • .txt

To file formats:

  • .pdf

Available settings:

add-new-filesBoolean or list of extensions/patterns to match.False
added-in-versionDexy version when this filter was first available.
additional-doc-filtersFilters to apply to additional documents created as side effects.{}
additional-doc-settingsSettings to apply to additional documents created as side effects.{}
argsArguments to be passed to the executable.
check-return-codeWhether to look for nonzero return code.True
clargsArguments to be passed to the executable (same as 'args').
command-stringThe full command string.%(prog)s -interaction=batchmode %(args)s %(script_file)s
data-typeAlias of custom data class to use to store filter output.generic
envDictionary of key-value pairs to be added to environment for runs.{}
examplesTemplates which should be used as examples for this filter.[]
exclude-add-new-filesList of patterns to skip even if they match add-new-files.[]
exclude-new-files-from-dirList of directories to skip when adding new files.[]
executableThe executable to be runpdflatex
extFile extension to output.None
extension-mapDictionary mapping input extensions to default output extensions.None
helpHelpstring for plugin.Renders Tikz code to PDF.
input-extensionsList of extensions which this filter can accept as input.[u'.tex', u'.txt']
keep-originalsWhether, if additional-doc-filters are specified, the original unmodified docs should also be added.False
mkdirA directory which should be created in working dir.None
mkdirsA list of directories which should be created in working dir.[]
nodocWhether filter should be excluded from documentation.False
outputWhether to output results of this filter by default by reporters such as 'output' or 'website'.True
output-extensionsList of extensions which this filter can produce as output.[u'.pdf']
override-workspace-exclude-filtersIf True, document will be populated to other workspaces ignoring workspace-exclude-filters.False
path-extensionsstrings to extend path with[]
preserve-prior-data-classWhether output data class should be set to match the input data class.False
record-varsWhether to add code that will automatically record values of variables.False
require-outputShould dexy raise an exception if no output is produced by this filter?True
run-bibtexShould we run bibtex if a .bib file is an input?True
scriptargsArguments to be passed to the executable.
tagsTags which describe the filter.[]
times-to-run-latexHow many times to run latex? (Latex is run one additional time if bibtex runs.)2
use-wdWhether to use a custom working directory when running filter.True
variablesA dictionary of variable names and values to make available to this filter.{}
varsA dictionary of variable names and values to make available to this filter.{}
version-commandCommand to call to return version of installed software.None
windows-version-commandCommand to call on windows to return version of installed software.None
workspace-exclude-filtersFilters whose output should be excluded from workspace.[u'pyg']
workspace-includesIf set to a list of filenames or extensions, only these will be populated to working dir.None
write-stderr-to-stdoutShould stderr be piped to stdout?True
Filter Source Code
class TikzPdfFilter(LatexFilter):
    Renders Tikz code to PDF.
    aliases = ['tikz']

    def process(self):
        latex_filename = self.output_data.basename().replace(self.ext, ".tex")

        # TODO allow setting tikz libraries per-document, or just include all of them?
        # TODO how to create a page size that just includes the content
        latex_header = """\documentclass[tikz]{standalone}
        latex_footer = "\n\end{document}"

        wd = self.parent_work_dir()

        work_path = os.path.join(wd, latex_filename)
        self.log_debug("writing latex header + tikz content to %s" % work_path)
        with codecs.open(work_path, "w", encoding="utf-8") as f:

        latex_command = "%s -interaction=batchmode %s" % (self.setting('executable'), latex_filename)

        def run_cmd(command):
            self.log_debug("about to run %s in %s" % (command, os.path.abspath(wd)))
            proc = subprocess.Popen(command, shell=True,

            stdout, stderr = proc.communicate()

            if proc.returncode > 2: # Set at 2 for now as this is highest I've hit, better to detect whether PDF has been generated?
                raise dexy.exceptions.UserFeedback("latex error, look for information in %s" %
                                latex_filename.replace(".tex", ".log"))
            elif proc.returncode > 0:
                self.log_warn("""A non-critical latex error has occurred running %s,
                status code returned was %s, look for information in %s""" % (
                self.key, proc.returncode,
                latex_filename.replace(".tex", ".log")))



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