[tex-live] gswin32.exe cannot find pstricks-add.pro

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 16:16:36 CEST 2012

2012/6/29 Sysadmin <sysadmin at wiwi.uni-bielefeld.de>:
> Ah, that's it.
> The user insists that "this has always functioned before", so I believed
> him.  Never trust users ;-)
Being a Linux user I do not know the details on Windows DVI drivers.
Anyway, I know that at leas some DVI drivers are able to call
ghostscript to render included EPS although they are not capable of PS
processing. PSTricks is a complex package. Depending on modules used
it includes \special directives to load *.pro files with definitions
of PS macros. These PS macros are then used in the pictures. Non-PS
aware DVI driver will not be able to do this and send the definitions
to ghostscript when rendering PS graphics. Maybe dviout can render
simple PS graphics this way but for PSTricks a PS-aware DVI driver is
a must.

> Thanks
> Meik Teßmer
> Am 28.06.2012 21:10, schrieb Heiko Oberdiek:
>> On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 09:03:40AM +0200, Meik Teßmer wrote:
>>> I've a problem with a TeXLive 2011 installation on Windows 7.  It is
>>> a fresh installed machine with only TeXLive 2011 on it.  If I try to
>>> compile a test file
>>> \documentclass{article}
>>> \usepackage{pst-all}
>>> \begin{document}
>>> Hello World!
>>> \end{document}
>>> and open it with dviout.exe, dviout says "Cannot find
>>> 'pstricks-add.pro'.  I nailed this down to gswin32.exe, but I have
>>> no idea how to solve this.
>> Who says that pstricks is supported by dviout?
>> The README of dviout meantions special support for the
>> graphics package with drivers dvips/dvipdfm(x) or psfrag, but
>> I couldn't find pstricks or arbitrary PostScript specials.
>> The file can be found by
>>    kpsewhich pstricks-add.pro
>> The result should be similar to
>>    .../texmf-dist/dvips/pstricks-add/pstricks-add.pro
>> If the file is missing, then install pstricks-add with the
>> TeX Live Manager. Otherwise you can try copying the file
>> in the current directory with the .dvi file and try dviout again.
>> But I wouldn't be surprised if pstricks is not supported too well
>> by dviout.
>>    Usually pstricks files are compiled with LaTeX and dvips
>> to PostScript. The PostScript file can be previewed or
>> further converted to PDF by ps2pdf.
>> Yours sincerely
>>    Heiko Oberdiek
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