[texworks] dvi -> dvips -> ps2pdf
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Jul 15 06:02:13 CEST 2011
On Jul 14, 2011, at 5:40 PM, Paul A Norman wrote:
> On balance ...
> Once a person is starting to grow in confidence with Tw and *TeX in
> general, it really is just the "next steps" to learn what specific
> things you need to do to get specific or needed results, no more
> complicated than your grandmother competently following a complex
> recipe and making a fantastic result.
> Or do we just want to be a "Mac Donalds" (TM) give me instant
> hamburger (results) for no effort at all culture?
> I know I want to always be growing away from that mentality! And
> learning how to make and enjoy consuming gourmet hamburgers!
> If we can coax Tw into helping people put there effort into useful
> techniques, starting with 'lowering the entry level' while helping us
> all transition to even better results - with better automation and
> tools sets, - way to go!
> On 15 July 2011 09:43, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 14, 2011, at 3:08 PM, sigmundv at gmail.com wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 20:14, Charlie Sharpsteen <chuck at sharpsteen.net>wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:17 AM, sigmundv at gmail.com <sigmundv at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>> I would just like to point out that one doesn't have to understand neither
>>>>> dvi nor ps to run the commands "latex" and "dvips".
>>>> Well, you do have to be careful here---not understanding dvi and ps leads
>>>> many newcomers to questions like "Why doesn't my PNG file show up in the
>>>> final PDF!?!?! HELP!!!".
>>> You have a point there. On the other hand, any newcomer to LaTeX would
>>> (definitely should!) have heard the magic sentences "the ONLY image format
>>> that can be used with LaTeX is eps" and "IF you want to use other image
>>> formats such as jpeg or png you must compile the document using PDFLaTeX".
>>> These simple rules can easily be followed without understanding either ps or
>> I think the real answer to the problem of completely typesetting a document (multiple passes of (pdf/xe)latex, bibtex[or biber --- automatically] and makeindex in between [and a final run through dvips and ps2pdf when using latex]) is to use something like latexmk which comes as part of recent distributions of TeX Live and, I believe, MikTeX. Unless you are using some more ``exotic'' packages (like glossaries) which need special processing via makeindex simply building a tool that ``effectively'' does
>> latexmk -pdfps foo.tex
>> will completely typeset foo.tex into foo.pdf resolving all cross references, bibligraphies and indexes.
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
>> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
I'm not quite sure what you are referring to but typesetting, running bibtex, running makeindex, then multiple typesetting runs until all (cross-)references are resolved is interesting the first few times you do it and then it just becomes tedious. Even worse when you don't do enough final runs and you end up with (cross-)references that point to the wrong page because you didn't typeset often enough for a full resolution.
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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