Re: OT: alternate .dvi output spec, TeX/LaTeX?
On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 04:19:18PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
| on Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 07:02:03PM -0400, dman (email@example.com) wrote:
| > On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 03:19:07PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
| > | I'm trying to use TeX in a script. Problem I've got is convincing TeX
| > | to put its output where I want it to.
| > |
| > | Anyone got a hint for forcing TeX to create an output DVI file with a
| > | specified name?
| > I was thinking of making a (script) frontend to LaTeX to get the
| > desired output (PS usually) but *not* have the extra temporary junk
| > lying around. What I was thinking of was create a temp directory
| > (using some well-tested method) and cd to it. Run LaTeX from there
| > and then copy out the files I really want to keep. Then I would clean
| > up the junk afterwards. Maybe the same sort of option is available
| > for you?
| This is how I'm leaning. I don't know a good temp*directory* creater,
| a la tempfile.
I don't recall offhand, but IIRC there are C functions (and similar
functions for other languages) to return a _name_ that is good for a
tempfile. Instead of making a file from it, make a directory instead.
Hold on, I'll check my Linux Programming book to see if I find
mention of it.
Ok, here it is :
FILE* tmpfile( void ) ; /* here is what you are thinking of */
char* tmpnam( char* s ) ;
int mkstemp( char* template ) ;
char* mktemp( char* template ) ;
tmpfile() creates and returns a refernce to a file. You need a dir
instead. tmpnam() returns a string that is suitable for a temp file,
which could be used to create a dir instead.
The book then says that the functions probably give you a file in /tmp
or /var/tmp and shouldn't be used because those are public (vunerable)
There may already exist a "program" wrapper that is useable in a shell
script, or you could create one (unless you are already writing a C