[OS X TeX] dvips problem

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Nov 11 19:09:14 CET 2010

Am 11.11.2010 um 18:06 schrieb <lycee.condorcet at voila.fr> <lycee.condorcet at voila.fr 

> I have simply changed the PATH variable.

This can only work in the shell where you've reset PATH (or path for  
csh or tcsh, and then after a 'rehash' command) and not with AUCTeX in  
XEmacs – maybe except you've launched it as 'env PATH=... xemacs ...  
&'. When no init file resets the environment, then all process  
launched from XEmacs will inherit an environment with the PATH set  

Using some DTRACE based utilities (try 'apropos dtrace') I could see  
that dvips creates *six* times a Bourne sub-shell in which gzip runs.  
When you write that one gs version fails, then it might be possible  
that only one gs (or gsc) run succeeds and therefore only one EPS file  
is correctly included while the others fail due to some problem.

There is one advantage when you convert an EPS file to PDF, which can  
then be included by pdfTeX: it can internally be better compressed and  
the handling of the PDF picture does not depend on any external  
utility. Although the actual PDF file size can be bigger, you don't  
need the BB file. This saves work time and disk space (and Time  
Machine can finish today instead of tomorrow).



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				- Groucho Marx

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