[pdftex] pdf inclusion of empty pages

Andreas Matthias amat at kabsi.at
Sun Jun 1 17:13:37 CEST 2003

I have observed some strange behavior with pdf inclusion.
Pdftex is distressed with completely emtpy pages created
by ps2pdf.
Here are two files exhibiting the problem:

,----[ dummy.tex ]
| \documentclass{minimal}
| \begin{document}
| \mbox{}
| \end{document}

,----[ test.tex ]
| \documentclass{minimal}
| \begin{document}
| \pdfximage{dummy.pdf}
| \pdfrefximage\pdflastximage\mbox{}
| \end{document}

Using pdflatex on both files works as expected:

$ pdflatex dummy
$ pdflatex test

But pdftex is distressed, if dummy.pdf is created via
latex -> dvips -> ps2pdf.

$ latex dummy
$ dvips -o dummy.ps dummy
$ ps2pdf dummy.ps
$ pdflatex test

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-1.00b-pretest-20020211-HO20020802 (Web2C 7.3.7x)
LaTeX2e <2001/06/01>
Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german, ngerman, n
ohyphenation, loaded.
Document Class: minimal 2001/05/25 Standard LaTeX minimal class
) (./test.aux)
Overfull \vbox (226.81001pt too high) has occurred while \output is active
[1 <./dummy.pdf
Error: pdflatex (file ./dummy.pdf): pdf inclusion: invalid page contents type <

Tested with:

  dvips(k) 5.86e
  AFPL Ghostscript 7.03


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