[metapost] Metapost

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Thu Jul 20 17:02:51 CEST 2006

On 7/20/06, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Hi,
> cag51+ at pitt.edu wrote:
> > I know you probably get this question a lot, but I've been trying for the
> > last 6 hours to download metapost and can't figure it out?  How do you do
> > it?  I'm using windows XP (professional) - I can't read the .tar things,
> > and the other thin - win32 - doesn't install.  How should I be doing this?
> You need to have a functional TeX installation first, that is a
> prerequisite on any installation of MetaPost.
> For WinXP, I recommend the MikTeX 2.4 system (free download from
> http://www.miktex.org ). After succesful install of miktex, you have
> to download
> https://foundry.supelec.fr/frs/download.php/18/metapost-0.901-miktex.zip
> and replace miktex's files with the ones in that zip. Afterwards,
> you have to refresh the miktex file database and regenerate the
> memory dump files, but I do not know preciselu how to do that.
> I am sorry that this is not more obvious. I am on Linux myself,
> making it very hard to write installation instructions for Windows.

You don't need any additional downloads apart from MikTeX.

Just install MikTeX (I would suggest you to install the version 2.5
which you can get under http://www.miktex.org/2.5/Setup.aspx, but 2.4
is OK as well) which comes with the latest version of metapost

Start -> Programs -> MikTeX 2.5 -> Browse Packages

Select "miktex-metapost-bin" and "miktex-metapost-base" and click on
"+" sign to install the two requires packages (if they are not
installed yet).

You can then compile metapost files with
    mp filename.mp


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