[OS X TeX] Re: Really dumb question

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Mon Mar 12 00:09:29 CET 2007

On Mar 11, 2007, at 23:05, Nathan Paxton wrote:

> 	Hmm.  even when I try that, I still get pdftex.

That is supposed to happen.

Here is what I get on a short file (see below):

$ latex test.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592-1.40.1 (Web2C 7.5.6)
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2005/12/01>
Babel <v3.8h> and hyphenation patterns for english, usenglishmax,  
dumylang, noh
yphenation, german, ngerman, french, latin, dutch, ukenglish, loaded.
Document Class: article 2005/09/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
No file test.aux.
[1] (./test.aux) )
Output written on test.dvi (1 page, 232 bytes).
Transcript written on test.log.

Most TeX formats use pdftex as the engine. Exceptions are plain (uses  
Knuth TeX), and the xetex based stuff (dûh).

 From your log, I think one of the packages switches to pdf mode, and  
then the stuff goes wrong. Try a minimal example to isolate the problem:

Hello World!

This also runs cleanly (if verbosely) through htlatex. Try this, and  
see if it comes through cleanly. If not, then you have a (serious)  
configuration problem. If this fails, then start adding parts of your  
preable, and see where things go wrong (half step refinement may be  
prefered here).

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