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).

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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]. Commented Sep 22, 2010 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. Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 16:58
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    What is "filesystem-access" supposed to mean? Commented Sep 22, 2010 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
    Commented Sep 22, 2010 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. Commented Sep 23, 2010 at 5:34

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