[metapost] [solved] Re: Metapost doesn't like `z01' for point names

Rodolfo Medina rodolfo.medina at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 13:20:08 CEST 2007

```On Sun, 17 Jun 2007, Rodolfo Medina wrote:

>> Please excuse the basic question.
>> If I name a point `z01' Metapost complains:
>>
>> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
>> %file test.mp
>> beginfig(1);
>>
>> z0 = (0,0);
>> z1 = (1,1);
>>
>> z01 = 0.5[z0,z1];
>>
>> endfig;
>>
>> end
>> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
>>
>> \$ mpost test
>> This is MetaPost, Version 0.641 (Web2C 7.4.5)
>> (test.mp
>> ! Inconsistent equation (off by -0.5).
>>                    ;
>> l.8 z01 = 0.5[z0,z1];
>>
>> ?
>>
>>
>> Instead, if I name it `z11' it's okay.  Why?  I really would like to name it
>> `z01': is it definitely impossible?

Hartmut Henkel <hartmut_henkel at gmx.de> writes:

> z01 == z1 == z[1] == e. g. z0001.0 due to MetaPost's token rules, see e.
> g. MFBook p. 50. And z1 was defined already. Numeric suffixes even
> include the decimal point, another example: z.0100 == z.01 == z[0.01].

Now it seems to work:

beginfig(1);
u=2cm;

z0 = (0,0) * u;
z1 = (1,1) * u;

z0_1 = 0.5[z0,z1];

draw z0..z0_1..z1;

endfig;

end

Thanks for the help,
Rodolfo

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