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Re: [vox-tech] circuits with latex

# Re: [vox-tech] circuits with latex

```mark,

thanks for turning me on to this.  it was a chore to install, and at
first looked too complicated to learn quickly, but i found that i only
really needed to read about 2 or 3 pages of the manual, and the included
examples carried me the rest of the way.

i created my first circuit, and it looks really good!

.PS

cct_init

elen = 0.75

Origin: Here
line up_ elen

dot; llabel(,\$a\$,)

resistor(right_ elen); llabel(,4\Omega,)

dot; clabel(,,\$b\$)

gpar_(
resistor(right_ elen);
rlabel(,\scriptstyle 2\Omega,);
b_current(\scriptstyle I_2,,Out,End),
resistor(right_ elen);
llabel(,\scriptstyle 8\Omega,);
b_current(\scriptstyle I_3,,Out,End),
elen)

dot; clabel(\$c\$,,)

line right_ elen/5
line down_ elen
dot; llabel(,\$d\$,)
ground
line left_ elen/2

battery(left_ elen); llabel(,10v,)
line to Origin
b_current(\scriptstyle I_1)

.PE

i do have one question.  in the upper parallel resistor structure (the
gpar macro), all my attempts to insert a little space between the
resistor element and the current label (b_current) have failed.  if i
insert a line between them, like:

line right_ elen/5

the circuit becomes a rhomboid(!?!?!) and the current labels become
interestingly placed.  theh circuit doesn't screw up if i place

line right_ elen

between them, but of course, that make the circuit needless long.

i can live with the resistors butted up against the current arrows, but
if possible, i'd like to open up a little space between them.

any ideas?

thanks!
pete

ps- circuit_macros is awesome!

On Sat 07 Feb 04,  9:37 PM, Mark K. Kim said:
> Oh, one more thing: Last time I used circuit_macros, you had to edit all
> the *.m4 files it comes with by hand.  Most of the *.m4 files it comes
> with has reference to its installation path, but it's all hard-coded and
> needs to be modified to reflect the correct installation path on your
> system.  A little whacky but I guess there's no equivalent to \$0 or
> argv[0] in m4.  =(
>
> BTW, m4 is nice to learn (even a little.)  It'll help you not only use
> circuit_macros better, but it's also used by autoconf/automake so you'll
> be able to write your own subroutines and codes in autoconf/automake as
> well.
>
> -Mark
>
>
> On Sat, 7 Feb 2004, Mark K. Kim wrote:
>
> > Well, m4 is a macro processor, like the C preprocessor.  It doesn't do
> > anything but translate a sequence of strings to another set of strings.
> > Any text it hasn't been instructed to process goes straight through m4,
> > without any translation.
> >
> > So to use circuit_macros, you need to pass 2 files to m4:
> >
> >    1. The file you want to process.
> >    2. A file containing instructions on which strings to process,
> >       and how.
> >
> > #1 is the file you create.  #2 is libcct.m4 file that comes with
> > circuit_macros.  So you end up with:
> >
> >    \$ m4 /path/to/libcct.m4 circuit.m4 > circuit.pic
> >    \$ gpic -t circuit.pic > circuit.tex
> >
> > BUT, I highly recommend you use dpic instead of gpic.  The output looks so
> > much nicer (at least it was last time I checked).  You can get dpic from:
> >
> >    http://www.ece.uwaterloo.ca/~aplevich/dpic/
> >
> > dpic also requires an additional file, pstricks.m4 (comes with
> > circuit_macros), so you end up with:
> >
> >    \$ m4 /path/to/pstricks.m4 /path/to/libcct.m4 circuit.m4 > circuit.pic
> >    \$ gpic -t circuit.pic > circuit.tex
> >
> > It's a little complicated to remember (and cumbersome to write out each
> > time) so you probably want to wrap everything in a script.
> >
> > -Mark
> >
> >
> > On Sat, 7 Feb 2004, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> >
> > > HA!!!!!
> > >
> > > i wish i could.  i don't even get that far!  here's my m4 file:
> > >
> > >    p@satan\$ cat circuit.m4
> > >    .PS
> > >    cct_init
> > >    gridsize = 0.1
> > >    .PE
> > >    \usebox{\graph}
> > >
> > >
> > >    p@satan\$ m4 circuit.m4  > circuit.pic
> > >    p@satan\$ gpic -t circuit.pic > circuit.tex
> > >    gpic:circuit.pic:3: syntax error before newline
> > >    gpic:circuit.pic:3: giving up on this picture
> > >
> > > it's giving up on cct_init.  what my belief in what should happen is
> > > this:
> > >
> > > 1. m4 creates a .pic file.
> > > 2. gpic takes a .pic file and creates a .tex file.
> > > 3. i \input the .tex file at the appropriate location.
> > >
> > > am i completely off base here?
> > >
> > > thanks!
> > > pete
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat 07 Feb 04,  8:56 PM, Mark K. Kim <markslist@cbreak.org> said:
> > > > Can you post a sample latex file and the error messages from running
> > > > latex on it?
> > > >
> > > > -Mark
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, 7 Feb 2004, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > has anyone successfully used the circuit_macros package for latex?
> > > > >
> > > > > i keep getting gpic errors, no matter how simple my circuit is (even the
> > > > > null circuit generates errors.
> > > > >
> > > > > pete
> > > >
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