I have to say that I don't like it. It feels too specific. The question in question is: Is it possible to compile a *TeX document with a single command?. I think that in this case, there's no need for an extra tag. In general, I'd like something a little more descriptive (though I'm having trouble thinking of one).


It should either be "shell escape" or "write18". That's simply how it's referred to, and it's how you enable it on the command line: -enable-write18 or -shell-escape.

I'm generally not in favour of being too prescriptive about what tags should be in use, although I'll concede that a tag for this idea won't be used too often.

So I think it's fine.

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    write18 is shorter and couldn't mean anything else. You've convinced me that we should prefer [write18]. Sep 22 '10 at 8:17

I would prefer shell-escape and write18 as synonym. Shell-escape is the correct technical term IMHO but people will often use the other one instead. The filesystem-access tag is more general and doesn't cut it IMHO.


We already have filesystem-access, so how about shell-access?

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    Sounds good but then we need an alias because otherwise users will be really confused. The tag [write18] seems so innocuous. Sep 21 '10 at 16:58
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    What is "filesystem-access" supposed to mean? Sep 22 '10 at 6:15
  • Reading, writing and manipulating files, e.g. tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2375/file-input-and-output If you can come up with a better name (I don’t really like the current one) for that, please suggest a rename.
    – Caramdir
    Sep 22 '10 at 14:42
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    Hmmm, not easy, I agree. Something like file-io comes to mind but I don't know if that's any better. Sep 23 '10 at 5:34

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