# [tex-live] Malformed PDF

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Apr 6 18:04:10 CEST 2017

Howdy,

The following input,

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pstricks}
\begin{document}
Help!
\end{document}

using tikz and pstricks in that order, and typeset using pdflatex seems to produce malformed pdf output.

I know you shouldn't use pstricks and typeset with pdflatex however we've had multiple people using a template that does just that. We've been telling folks how to correct the problem but wonder if there should be a problem propagated to the pdf in the first place.

Unfortunately, the latest version of macOS Sierra seems to have problems with the file; previous macOS versions didn't have these problems. Apple knows about the problem and is working on a fix but we have no idea how long that will take.

Note: removing the loading of tikz (before pstricks) removes the problem. Typesetting using latex->dvips->ps2pdf creates a good pdf. Also, changing the order of loading the two packages also creates a good pdf. So, the loading of pstricks seems to be changing something loaded by tikz (not too surprising that they would step on each other's feet a bit in this circimstance) which then propogates into the pdf even though neither package is actually used.

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Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)