I erroneously tried to add to Often referenced questions and rolled back when I realised I was not formatting information in the correct manner (Sorry) I also checked Text building blocks for suitable entry format. but what I was searching for was a place to add something like this

3rd party dependencies (Mainly for windows users)

Recommendations as well as any corrections/additions are open to all for editing

\usepackage{auto-pst-pdf} \psfrag Requires --shell-escape Requires Perl (no longer included in MiKTeX) Requires GhostScript


LaTeX Warning: File `texfilename-pics.pdf' not found on input line ###

e.g. ScholarOne submission system is not able to recognize filename-pics.pdf

Recommendation Make a separate standalone.pdf for each eps file, you can then use them inside \includegraphics{file} thus avoid --shell-escape and the dependencies.

If you need to test for -shell-escape see Ulrike's MWE at Can't enable shell-escape

Question is there a "big list" for 3rd party errors like

LaTeX Warning: File `texfilename-pics.pdf' not found on input line  

And dare I ask common editor issues such as

For this OS/editor and these errors do this because it differs from that OS/editor combination

For a recent example where exactly the same MiKTeX core behaved oddly generating different synctex files in two common editors see https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/472173/170109

  • I am not aware of such lists, but what usually works reasonably well is to do a google search with site:tex.stackexchange.com and the error message in it. – marmot Feb 3 at 3:11
  • Hi marmot that's a good idea if I try pics.pdf' not found on input line in the search box above I get only one hit Guess which one that is :-) – KJO Feb 3 at 3:13
  • Yes that four questions from 2011 to 2015 on main site and my one answer to a query today that had me stumped for some time, hence my wish for a "shortlist" of known answers – KJO Feb 3 at 3:23
  • Well I didn't expect a busy marmot to tell the difference between vernier and micrometer so under pressure I changed it :-) Edit the title was please draw "this" originally – KJO Feb 3 at 3:34
  • No, this is not what I meant. You made an effort to make the title meaningful, which I didn't. (In the end it is not important whether you have micrometer or Vernier whatever in the title, but if you have "How can I draw this figure?" all over that's not too helpful.) And I admit that I am not very careful with this. – marmot Feb 3 at 3:37
  • marmot I just tried your suggestion and letting google have its head got 1530 results so starting with the first the question was never resolved, the second one after searching for minutes was NOT related so trimmed search to the exact reproducible phrase I only got the same six as from the main site search (nothing from meta) I do understand this is not a research library and not a repository of answers however there are some common related issues that could be collected here rather than piecemeal in comments and 20 questions often with no definitive answer – KJO Feb 3 at 4:07
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    Yes, sure. As I said, there are attempts to make the tags more useful, but it is a lot of effort. And I am certainly not opposing your proposal, but the effort will be enormous. So in the end it might be that having expert users either answer the questions out of the tip of their head, or going through a list of search results and being able to identify the more helpful posts rather quickly, remains a good strategy. – marmot Feb 3 at 4:27

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