[texhax] Source of TikZ manual

Steven Woody narkewoody at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 15:42:32 CET 2009

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 7:06 PM, Axel E. Retif <axel.retif at mac.com> wrote:
> On  16 Dec, 2009, at 01:51, Steven Woody wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am reading the TikZ manual in PDF format.  I feel the format and graphics in the document is so much beautiful so I desire to check out its latex source.  Is it public accessible and how can I get it?
> If you're using TeXLive 2009, it's here:
> /usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-dist/doc/generic/pgf
> The chapters are in the subdirectory ``text-en''.
> As for your previous question,

Thanks. But did you every try to build the pdf from the sources? There
is a Makefile under the directory and when I run 'make' in it,  I got
an error:  "can not open pgfmanual.tex", but the file does exist in
the directory.  I then checked the Makefile, there is a TEXTINPUTS
definition, but I did not see any problem. It's strange ...

>> Beside of creating graphics for latex documents, can I also use TikZ to create standalone graphics in other format, e.g, eps, so that I can use the graphics in documents with other formats?
> Yes to both ---see the chapter ``Externalization Library'', where it says ``The purpose of this library is to provide a way to export any TikZ-picture to separate pdf (or eps) images...''.
> There is a very helpful pgf/TikZ mailing list:
> https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/pgf-users

Thank you for letting me know the list. I will post questions there next time.

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