You can escape to an interactive shell temporary in which any shell commands can be used. I would like to pipe data into gnuplot and plot it without entering the gnuplot command line or providing an existing script file. Your editor should allow in its options to add this switch to the command line arguments for the compiler so that it is always invoked with activated shell escape. The {gnuplot} environment is no usual environment but similar to a environment. I can call gnuplot from win+R but Latex seem protect itself from gnuplot. The best way around is to copy the definition of the {gnuplot} environment (it is not very long) and modify it to give the wanted result: – somerandomusername Dec 24 '13 at 14:04 And if you escape the $ it works? Eg a one-liner such as cat datafile | gnuplot and see the plot come up. This is due to bash quoting rules. There are two ways of spawning a shell command: using system command or via ! Splot Up: Commands Previous: Cbtics Contents Index Shell The shell command spawns an interactive shell. You can still use !vi plotpgm.gp to edit the program from within the gnuplot environment, then the load "plotpgm.gp command to start it up again. When you stop the plot you are returned to the gnuplot prompt. Furthermore you have to make sure that Gnuplot can be found. Copy link Quote reply clentfort commented May 12, 2016. $ gnuplot --persist -e "`awk 'BEGIN{print \"plot sin(x)\"}' ` " Notice that we had to escape the inside the awk command. One advantage to doing it this way is that you do not need to exit the gnuplot environment to use it, especially while debugging. To return to gnuplot, type logout if using VMS, exit or the END-OF-FILE character if using Unix, endcli if using AmigaOS, or exit if using MS-DOS or OS/2.. character at the beginning of the command, like ! 8 comments Comments. Process started: pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -shell-escape "deleteme".tex 'gnuplot' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. The former command takes a string as a parameter and thus it can be used anywhere among other gnuplot commands, while the latter syntax requires to be the only command on the line. Process exited with error(s) TexStudio Log: If you do not want to escape the double quotes, you will have to use single quotes and escape these again. ($ if using VMS). The gnuplot code is extracted from the document and written to .gnuplot files. When I use this argument in pdflatex, pdflatex calls gnuplot, i get my pretty little Gaussian Plot and world order seems to be in tact. Suppose the datafile is well formatted, such as two simple columns of numerical data separated by a tab or space. Therefore you have to supplement the »Path« variable with the path of Gnuplot. I am trying to pass -shell-escape to pdflatex (for the purpose of calling gnuplot) through texify.exe texify does not like this argument. But until now, it is useless. To spawn a shell, use shell command. I've tried with and without the -shell-escape option. I'm trying to convert a markdown-file, in which I have a raw tex block with a TikZ-picture, directly to PDF. -shell-escape , --shell-escape -shell-escape -enable-write18 --shell-escape -enable-write18 - I also have make path for gnuplot in windows environment. Then, if shell escape is used, the graph files are automatically processed to graphics or L a T e X code files which will then be included in the document. That will than look like this: Commands about Shell . In this case I didn't escape $ so command was completely useless. It needs to grab the environment body verbatim and write it to a file which then is processed by gnuplot. This package allows you to include Gnuplot graphs in your L a T e X documents.. 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