[tex-live] PStricks is broken with XeTeX with latest TeXLive update

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 18:17:23 CEST 2011

On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM, Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:
>> On Do, 28 Apr 2011, Herbert Voss wrote:
>>> that's not the point. Changing something in configuration files
>>> without pointing users to such changes by mention it in the texlive
>>> list or somewhere else is not really user friendly ...
> It is mentioned in the list now.   TL can't predict side effects on
> every platform, so it really is up to users to find and report
> problems.
>> Maybe it was not TL that changed something, but the user updated
>> its distribution and got a new version of ghostscript that changed
>> the behaviour. At least on Debian/Ubuntu I think that is the case.
> I have Ubuntu 10.04 (with current updates).   ps2pdf is set via
> "alternative" to ps2pdf14, which in turn calls ps2pdfwr.  There is a
> line OPTIONS="-dSAFER" in /usr/bin/ps2pdfwr, but
> the test file works here, so there is something else going on with Ubuntu 10.10
> (a bug in earlier versions that negated the "-dSAFER"?).
> The PStricks page says to edit
> ".../texlive/2010/texmf/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg".  It might be better to
> suggest creating a "$HOME/.texlive2010/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg" with the
> change.

Oops -- make that:


My TL2010 system has:

texlive/2010/texmf/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg -- using ps2pdf, dated 2011-03-09
texlive/2010/texmf-config/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg -- using rungs, dated 2010-07-21

After removing the older .cfg I can reproduce the OP's problem, and work around
it by copying texlive/2010/texmf/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg to
$HOME/.texlive2010/texmf-config/dvipdfmx/ and editing to add the

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
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