PSTRICKS: help wanted

Christophe Broult broult at
Wed Jun 25 14:02:27 CEST 1997

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I've just tried an example from The LaTeX graphics companion with the
latest version of the graphics and PSTricks packages and it doesn't
produce the expected result. 

$ cat trymain.tex

  \definecolor{pink}{rgb}{1, .75, .8}
      } &
        \Show{Goal}     & \Show{Criteria}\\
        \Show{Sub-goal} & \Show{Justification}


TeX is compiling the source LaTeX source with no error. 

  $ latex trymain
  This is MlTeX (2.01), C Version 3.1415 (C version 6.1)
  LaTeX2e <1995/12/01> patch level 2
  Document Class: article 1995/12/20 v1.3q Standard LaTeX document class
  `PSTricks' v93a/b-97 patch 2  <1997/05/12> (tvz)
   v97.01, 1997/04/02)))
   v93a/b, 94beta-97, 1997/03/25)) (trymain.aux)
  Overfull \hbox (15.52525pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 8--27
  [1] (trymain.aux) )
  (see the transcript file for additional information)
  Output written on trymain.dvi (1 page, 5952 bytes).
  Transcript written on trymain.log.

Nevertheless using xdvi I can see that some of the textual elements
are improperly placed. Furthermore when I try to view it using
ghostscript, I get the following error message:

  $ dvips trymain -o
  This is dvipsk 5.55a Copyright 1986, 1994 Radical Eye Software
  ' TeX output 1997.06.25:1232' ->
  . [1] 
  $ gs 
  Aladdin Ghostscript 5.01 (1997-6-22)
  Copyright (C) 1997 Aladdin Enterprises, Menlo Park, CA.  All rights
  This software comes with NO WARRANTY: see the file PUBLIC for details.
  Error: /typecheck in --mul--
  Operand stack:
     --nostringval--   false
  Execution stack:
     %interp_exit   ()   --nostringval--   2   3   %oparray_pop
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1
  %stopped_push   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   3   %oparray_pop
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1
  %stopped_push   --nostringval--   1   3   %oparray_pop
  --nostringval--   1   3   %oparray_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2
  %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
  --nostringval--   --nostringval--
  Dictionary stack:
     --dict:773/809--   --dict:0/20--   --dict:46/200--
  --dict:185/250--   --dict:64/200--   --dict:30/200--   --dict:2/16--
  Current allocation mode is local
  Current file position is 36140

Trying to print the document is not successful either.

Thank you for your attention,


PS: I know that the version used here is a little bit old but I get
the same result with the last december version of LaTeX I've installed
at home.


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