[pdftex] a different printing problem

Ben Crowell ben_crowell at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 23 03:49:50 CEST 2001

I had a similar but not identical problem recently: my document would stop 
printing at
page n, and to get the rest of the document to print, I had to skip page n+1 
start printing from n+2. The problem turned out to be specific to the 
particular printer
I was using (an HP laserjet), and I was able to print page n+1 on a 
different printer.

Does your endless-loop problem occur with more than one printer?

I suppose one option is always to pay for Acrobat, and then go pdf->ps->pdf. 
It seems
like a shame, however, when pdflatex is such a wonderful piece of 
open-source software!

I wonder if it would be possible to generate a /minimal/ document that would 
cause these
bugs to occur, then study the difference between the pdflatex output and the 
output of pdf->ps->pdf, to see what's going on. It might be impractical to 
report bugs
to lots of different companies that make pdf readers and printers, and just 
as impractical
to convince open-source software authors to produce workarounds for bugs in 
hardware and software. But maybe it would be possible to make a fairly small 
lint-ish program for pdf files, which would detect and fix various possible 
Unfortunately, I'm not volunteering for the job myself ;-)

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