[pdftex] how to crash all (well, some) pdf viewers with pdflatex

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Mon Jul 26 20:56:37 CEST 2004

On Monday, July 26, 2004, at 02:18  PM, 
<ivo_welch-pdftex at mailblocks.com> wrote:

> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage{graphicx}
> \begin{document}
>     any other text here.
>   \includegraphics[width=0em]{give-a-real-figure's-name-here}
> \end{document}
> crashes both xpdf and acrobat as soon as you go to the page where the 
> graphic sits.  hope this helps.

Well, it doesn't crash Mac OS X's pdf object (not in TeXshop when 
processed, nor in Preview.app)

It also doesn't crash Acrobat Reader 5 in Mac OS X ``There was an error 
processing a page. Wrong operand type.'' which perhaps is helpful?

Adobe Reader 6 initially doesn't complain, but then can't re-draw the 
text if one scrolls it off, then back. Closing and re-opening the file 
gets on a ``Wrong operand type.'' message.


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