[OS X TeX] Random ps2pdf errors

Luis Sequeira lfsequeira at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 12:00:45 CEST 2012


Sorry for the OT question, but I am at a loss...

I am writing a largish Calculus text, with lots of pictures. The pictures are done is pstricks, and are \input'ed in to the main text.
I can handle pstricks just fine, and the pictures are beatiful.
This does force me to use the latex-dvips-ps2pdf route (for the record, I have tried alternatives, such as xelatex and lualatex with auto-pst-pdf but these cause even more trouble). I also use a few inline pstricks commands (mostly \psbrace to underline important steps).

I have reached a point where a document typesets perfectly, then I add a word or a math environment (without *any* pstricks code in it) and then ps2pdf chokes, giving me a postscript error. 
There is no error in the latex side.

It may be something as absurd as this (somewhere in the middle of the text, in paragraph mode, so I can't produce a complete minimal example):

(typesets ok)

     Let $X$ be a subset of.

(postscript error)

     Let $X$ be a subset of $A$.

Sometimes slightly rephrasing allows me to go ahead, and then the error pops up again sometime later.
I am thinking that at some point an out of memory or overflow condition may be happening. 

Any hints will be greatly appreciated. I will also post this to the pstricks list, just in case. Is there a more suitable place to ask?

If possible, cc: to me, as I am on digest mode.


Luis Sequeira


The error I get is this:

### /usr/local/bin/ps2pdf14 /tmp/altpdflatex.22757-1350899854/CDI1-texto.ps /tmp/altpdflatex.22757-1350899854/CDI1-texto.pdf
Error: /undefinedresult in --atan--
Operand stack:
  --nostringval--   Alpha   0   0
Execution stack:
  %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1894   1   3   %oparray_pop   1893   1   3   %oparray_pop   1877   1   3   %oparray_pop   1771   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
  --dict:1157/1684(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:153/200(L)--   --dict:206/300(L)--   --dict:112/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Last OS error: 2
Current file position is 1340664
GPL Ghostscript 9.05: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
### FAILED to generate /tmp/altpdflatex.22757-1350899854/CDI1-texto.pdf ()

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