[tex-live] dviselect error: invalid empty DVI file created

Joachim Schrod jschrod at acm.org
Wed May 7 10:22:04 CEST 2008

To whom it may concern... :-)

I'm using dviselect and stumbled over an error in it, and a subtle 
problem in dvitype.

The error: If one uses a page specifier that does not exist in a 
file, an invalid DVI file is created.

Example: Take a DVI file from an arbitrary LaTeX file and call
   dviselect '*.1234' infile.dvi outfile.dvi
outfile.dvi will by 84 bytes in size and will be invalid:

dvitype will not tell you, you need to use dv2dt to see that the 
pointer in the DVI command post is wrong. In my tests, it is an 
arbitrary high number that has no relation to the new or the 
original file.

It's an interesting question what number should be there. The DVI 
specs say that p[4] in a post should be the pointer to the last 
bop, but we don't have a bop in that file. So maybe it would be 
better to use a pointer to the pre command instead.

In any case, it would be sensible to output a respective error 
message and exit with an exit code != 0.


Joachim Schrod				Email: jschrod at acm.org
Roedermark, Germany

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