Use bookdown to only generate .tex - figures not being generated


#1

I am currently writing my thesis in bookdown. I have a rather long table, which only renders correctly if I create my PDF using latexmk, since tinytex::latexmk()'s emulated version seems to run xelatex too few times. I found, the global option to make that possible: options(tinytex.latexmk.emulation = FALSE)

However, since bookdown deletes all of the intermediate files generated by latexmk, the PDF often takes unnecessarily long to build. I can set the keep option keep_tex: yes, but I would like to keep all the files in the root of the project. I have dug around and found the function rmarkdown::latex_document() (in the documentation), and wanted to use that, thinking I could then just use a Makefile to first render the .tex-file and figures, and then run latexmk as I want afterwards. This however create problems, as rendering a bookdown-project using rmarkdown::latex_document() doesn't render the figures. I have a small example here:

---
title: "A Book"
author: "Frida Gomam"
site: bookdown::bookdown_site
documentclass: memoir
output:
  rmarkdown::latex_document: default
---

# Hello World

Hi. Bye.

```{r message=FALSE, warning=FALSE}
library(tidyverse)

tibble(a = runif(n = 10), b = runif(10)) %>% 
  ggplot(aes(a, b)) +
  geom_point()
```

When I use the Build command in RStudio, this runs rmarkdown::render_site(encoding = 'UTF-8') and produces the .tex-file, but the corresponding figure is not created. How can this be changed?


#2

It turns out, that this was a bug in rmarkdown::latex_document() (see https://github.com/rstudio/rmarkdown/commit/ec4ed1f48643cff077fefbd84af5477fa0913ff3)


#3

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