[tex-live] dvipos build fails

Sanjoy Mahajan sanjoy at mrao.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jan 11 17:40:41 CET 2007

Jonathan Kew writes:
> Hans Hagen writes:
> > more precise ... context always supported positional info in both  
> > pdf and dvi mode; at some point pdftex provided positional info  
> > only in pdf mode, now also in dvi mode (which reminds me to look  
> > into it), but xetex and aleph still need the special + dvipos based  
> > alternative
> Since about June, xetex supports the pdftex-like \pdfsavepos,  
> \pdflastxpos and \pdflastypos primitives, so it doesn't require the  
> use of specials and an extra dvipos program.

In my admittedly incomplete understanding, support from the engine
(e.g. xetex) is necessary but not sufficient.  pdftex since version
1.40.0 also provides positional information in dvi mode.  Howver,
until the ConTeXt macros in dvi mode (texexec --dvi) uses that
information, ConTeXt needs dvipos.

Hans or Taco can/should correct me if any of the preceding points are


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