[tex-live] Request special IEEE Computer Society paper size for dvips' config.ps

Michael Shell list1 at michaelshell.org
Thu Jul 14 02:04:25 CEST 2016

The IEEE Computer Society journals use a special paper size of
7.875in x 10.75in (basically a trimmed US letter):


and I have a class option to invoke it in my IEEEtran class.

As it is today, IEEE authors wishing to use this paper size under dvips
have to add an entry "ieeecs" to their dvips config.ps:

% Special paper size for the IEEE Computer Society Journals
@ ieeecs 7.875in 10.75in
@+ ! %%DocumentPaperSizes: ieeecs
@+ %%BeginPaperSize: ieeecs
@+ /setpagedevice where
@+  { pop << /PageSize [567 774] >> setpagedevice }
@+ if
@+ %%EndPaperSize

Is it possible to have future versions of config.ps in TeX Live support
this paper size out-of-the-box?

Lastly, I am aware of using the texmf-local tree to add local packages
to a TeX Live installation. However, what about "local" configuration
files? e.g., <texlive>/texmf-local/dvips/config/config.ps
What is the recommended procedure for users to have "local" configuration
files that override/supplement/append the default system configuration
and which are not overwritten when the TeX Live system is updated
or reinstalled?

  Cheers and thanks,

  Mike Shell

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