[tex-live] Bad .cfg files in TeX source tree?

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Jan 19 21:08:12 CET 2007

On 19 Jan 2007, at 4:00 pm, Heiko Oberdiek wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 04:50:53PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
>> David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org> wrote:
>>> "Zdenek Wagner" <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> writes:
>>>> 2007/1/19, David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org>:
>>>>> Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org> writes:
>>>>> ...
>>>>> I think this is too complicated.  Packages should just check  
>>>>> whether
>>>>> \pdfpagewidth is defined and set it if it is.
>>>>> Whether the actual engine is PDFTeX, XeTeX, Aleph or whatever  
>>>>> else is
>>>>> rather irrelevant.
>>>> If \pdfoutput=0, \pdfpagewidth is available but has no effect.
>>> Setting it would nevertheless not do any harm.
>> Hm, shouldn't it usually write papersize \specials in the dvi file,
>> then, suitable for dvips or dvipdfm, respectively?

That's actually what xetex does if the \pdfpage* dimensions are  
specified, as it has to pass this info to the pdf-generating driver  

> Usually these specials set the papersize for the whole dvi file
> with *all* pages.

This depends on the driver. Some (dvipdfmx, at least) can change the  
size for each page.

> \pdfpagewidth, \pdfpageheight can also set
> the papersize for individual pages. I don't know, how XeTeX
> behaves.

Similarly to pdftex, in that \pdfpagewidth and \pdfpageheight can be  
changed during the job.


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