[tex-live] two config.ps, dvips reads the 'bad' one (for configured paper size)
jpmoreau at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 06:54:52 CET 2011
I installed texlive-2010 as root in /spare/opt//texlive/2010/,
in a linux slackware 13.1 64 bits system.
It had native tetex-3.0 tex/latex system, that I did not remove,
but completely different paths, and this is not the problem from
below program outputs.
At install-tl: paper size to letter.
Is Ok, in
which has first '@' block (determines default dvips paper size):
@ letter 8.5in 11in
This is the most recent of the 2 config.ps files, having been
written at my 'install-tl' time.
However dvips default is A4 paper, as it is default in the other
which has first '@' block:
@ a4 210mm 297mm
>From ($ info dvips), we can deduce it is dvips normal behaviour
that its 'proper' config.ps override the texlive (kpathsea?) one:
3.4 Dvips configuration files
This section describes in detail the Dvips-specific `config.*' device
configuration files (called `*.cfg' on MS-DOS), which override the
`texmf.cnf' configuration files generic to Kpathsea which Dvips also
reads (*note Config files: (kpathsea)Config files.).
Somewhat confirming this problem is that kpsewhich and tlmgr
don't find the same config.ps:
kpsewhich --format="dvips config" config.ps
tlmgr dvips paper
#> Current dvips paper size (from
I know I can use the dvips -t or -T options.
And I will probably symlink (or copy) one config.ps to the other.
And naturally, I am not *completely* sure this is not a problem
I have understanding something!
But I find this 'bug'(?) confusing, adding to the difficulty new users
have seeing that TeX drivers have the paper size (or other devices)
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