[tex-live] spurious pstricks error in Miktex 2.9 disappears in TexLive 2011

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Sun Aug 7 16:15:14 CEST 2011

Am Sat, 6 Aug 2011 23:33:07 +0900 schrieb Norbert Preining:

> On Sa, 06 Aug 2011, Daniel Greenhoe wrote:
>> If anyone has any theories as to why Miktex failed on my system while
>> TexLive does not fail, I would be interested to hear it.
> Your chances to get any feedback would be higher if you would
> provide a bit more info, for example, run the test file with both
> MikTeX and TeXLive with 
> 	-recorder
> and also send the log files, or even better, check the used files
> and comapre the revision number, and send an email:
> Miktex uses these and these files with version number so and so,
> TeX Live ...., could this be the reason why ...
> ???
> Should *we* without a MikTeX installed doing this work for you?

Daniel is struggling with the problem for some time and has sent
informations to various groups (and I'm the "Ulrich" who suggested
Daniel to test TeXLive). As far as I understand  the pstricks in
pdf's  are faulty (e.g. rules are misplaced), but the misplacements
change with every compilation and look rather random. I couldn't
reproduce the problem on my miktex. For me it doesn't look like a
problem with (pstricks-)file versions but more like a problem with
the pipe from xdvipdfmx to ghostscript. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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