[OS X TeX] Why this .ps file can not be viewed?

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Mon Mar 15 22:25:05 CET 2010

Hi Themis, and Leo,

On 16/03/2010, at 7:32 AM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:

> On Mar 15, 2010, at 3:56 PM, Leo wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> A .ps file exported from Emacs somehow can not be viewed in  
>> Preview.app.
>> If I run pstopdf in Terminal.app to convert it into .pdf file, it can
>> not be viewed either.
>> Any .ps expert can shed some light on this? I have attached a  
>> sample .ps
>> file.
> I am not a .ps expert but when I tried to open your file in  
> Illustrator CS3 I got the message "The operation cannot be  
> completed because of an unknown error," which seems to imply there  
> is a problem with the ps file itself.

at least you were able to save and attempt to open it.

For me Apple's  Mail.app  tried to convert it for display within
the Mail window.  Of course it fell into a loop, thus freezing the
application and forcing me to (eventually) Force Quit.
On reopening Mail all I could do was reduce the viewing window
to nothing and delete the email -- no opportunity to save the

Doubtless something similar has happened to others on this list.

what makes you think that it is sensible to include an image which
you know is bad, within an email message ?
You should place it on a website and post the URL to it.

This way anyone who is interested in trying to help you can get it,
with all safety measures in place. Furthermore, you do not interfere
with the email software of those who have no interest at all.

If this situation is not already covered by the "etiquette" rules,
as linked-to below, then it certainly should be.

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Sorry for sounding a bit grumpy, 'cos I am at this one.



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