[OS X TeX] LaTeXiT producing blank output

Ken Mankoff mankoff at 3m411.com
Fri Apr 8 21:43:26 CEST 2011

On Fri, 8 Apr 2011, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 08.04.2011 um 20:09 schrieb Ken Mankoff:
>> OK you have found something. But! I'm using 'pdflatex' so gs 
>> shouldn't be part of the picture.
> It has to! TeX does not try to compute the size of included 
> images, it delegates it to auxiliary utilities like ebb or bbox, 
> except pdftex and xetex can read the image and extract information 
> like size, resolution, colour management. The use of the geometry 
> package with dimensions in TeX big points (bp) results from the 
> use of Ghostscript and Perl (which does the conversion from 
> PostScript points [1 inch has 72.27 points] to TeX bp [1 inch has 
> exactly 72 bp]?).
>> My gs was in fink and had this problem:
> You can try to rebuild it. And you should! Elder versions of 
> libpng had security flaws (modern ones might also have some). 
> Another option is to try the new Ghostscript 9.01 or 9.02 packages 
> from MacTeX.
> Anyway... you write you had these problems. When was this? A few 
> hours ago? Which version of gs are you using now? Where is the 
> LaTeXit failure now?

Fink gs had these problems until a minute ago. LaTeXiT works fine 
after installing the MacTex gs in /usr/local/bin. I figured 
everything out after tracking down the fink gs problem on the fink 
mailing list, so now all my 'gs''s work.

Mea culpa.

I'd screwed up my DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH, which caused the fink gs to 
crash, which I noticed working with LaTeXiT as it misbehaved.

So... Nothing to do with LaTeX, or LaTeXiT.

Apologies for sending y'all on a goose chase, but thank you for 
helping me eventually figure it out.


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