Over the past 8 years, I needed to compile LaTeX documents for this or that reason. As time passed, I enhanced them with BibTeX, XFig, and Gnuplot. Further, I generally needed to produce PDF files validated by IEEE PDF eXpress. Here, I share some scripts I developed during the road to ease the pain.
First, note that there is a certain directory structure I stick to.
/-- LaTeX (.tex) and BibTeX (
.bib) files are placed here.
/constants.tex-- LaTeX file for constants (variables, definitions, commands, etc.) shared between LaTeX and XFig files.
/make.sh-- Compiles the whole project.
/figs-- XFig (
.fig), Gnuplot (
.gnu), and EPS (
.eps) files go here.
/figs/make.sh-- Compiles the XFig and Gnuplot into EPS format.
Below is the entry point,
/make.sh. (Make sure you have
pspdf commands available.)
/make.sh, I follow LaTeX->DVI->PostScript->PDF path. The main reason for the preference of this path over LaTeX->PDF is to properly process scalable EPS figures produced by XFig. (Personally, I hate to see broken figures in published articles.)
Next, here goes
/figs/make.sh script. (Per see,
gnuplot is required during execution.)
Nothing fancy in
/figs/make.sh. First, we process
.fig files; second, we process
Finally, below goes
/figs/fig2eps.sh script. (Make
pdf2ps commands ready. Note that
/constants.tex for shared LaTeX variables.)
After all these fuss, the whole project boils down to
$ ./make.sh paper bibtex $ ./make.sh paper latex
and you are ready to go.
Scripts need a little bit more cleaning and they are probably the not most correct ones. Anyway, they served well until now, and I hope they would for you as well.