[tex-live] Xdvi not working

Richard Koch richardmoncriefkoch at icloud.com
Sun Jun 12 03:30:33 CEST 2016

Karl wrote “How about if you send me an xdvi-for-xquartz-2.7.9 binary
and I’ll make it available from the TL bugs page? Or you could make it
available from the mactex page.”

If only life were that simple. Our 64 bit binaries run on seven different
versions of OS X:

	Snow Leopard
	Mountain Lion	
	El Capitan
	The system Apple will unveil on Monday

Every one of these could have several different versions of
XQuartz. The current binaries work UNLESS XQuartz 2.7.9
is installed. It can be installed on each of the seven systems.

I happen to have two computers which can run Snow Leopard
and two computers which can run El Capitan. So I installed XQuartz 2.7.9
on one Snow Leopard computer and one El Capitan computer,
and I recompiled xdvi on both. The Snow Leopard version 
doesn’t fix the problem on the El Capitan machine.
The El Capitan version doesn’t even run on Snow Leopard.

Thus potentially we might need seven different copies of xdvi-xaw
for the seven systems when they are upgraded to XQuartz 2.7.9.

I have computers running all seven systems, but I don’t want to install
XQuartz 2.7.9 on the five remaining systems, for fear of making compiling
and testing much harder in the future. Thus we’d need five
people willing to sacrifice five systems for testing, and potentially
compile five copies of the TeX Live binaries.

Better to wait and see if my bug report to XQuartz yields any fruit.


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