# LaTeX content in parent/sibling directories

error: epstopdf Output filename not allowed in restricted mode

may occur if you include `.eps` files not in the same directory or a subdirectory of the `.tex` file.

LaTeX by default cannot traverse upwards from the current directory to a file that is in a directory above or adjacent to your current level. This is generally a good security choice.

Sometimes however, users want to bypass this security as described below.

## Command line fix

include the `--shell-escape` option in your `pdflatex` command

### Example

``````pdflatex --shell-escape myfile.tex
``````

## TeXmaker fix

Under Options→Configure add `--shell-escape` right after `pdflatex` in the PdfLaTeX command box.

## Example

This example shows when `--shell-escape` is needed. Assuming files

``````~/work/report.tex
~/matlab/plot.eps
``````

with

``````\includegraphics{../matlab/plot.eps}
``````

This triggers the error until `--shell-escape` is used.

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