[OS X TeX] Overriding Default Paper Type

Morten Høgholm morten.hoegholm at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 17:50:09 CEST 2006

On 6/21/06, Frederick Hoyt <fmhoyt at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have an i-Installer installation of tetex which has US-letter size
> paper as it's default paper size. I have to produce a document in A4.
> If I declare A4 size in the preamble:
> \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
> I still get letter size output.
> In order to get A4 size I have re-run the configure strict in
> i-Installer, which is inconvenient.
> Am I doing to something wrong such that the A4 option in the document
> class declaration isn't working?

No but the pdf-specific primitives have to be set and the standard
classes do not do that.

The usual solution is to use the geometry package. A different
somewhat subtler method is to use the graphics package, which when
loaded will make it all happen as if by magic...

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