[tex4ht] problem with new dvisvgm 2.6, all svg fies have horizontal lines with no math showing.

Martin Gieseking martin.gieseking at uos.de
Mon Sep 10 09:42:06 CEST 2018

Hi Nasser,

I just had a quick look at your files. None of your SVG files contain 
the required font/path data so that they can't be rendered correctly. 
Since I can't reproduce the issue here, your dvisvgm binary is probably 
broken. For example, if you linked against the wrong kpathsea library, 
the font files can't be found, which would explain the results. This 
happens if you installed the original TL (with tlmgr) but link dvisvgm 
against libkpathsea coming with Ubuntu that usually belongs to a 
different TL version and searches in a different directory tree.

TL doesn't provide packages of the header and static library files, so 
that the only possibility is probably to download the TL sources, update 
the dvisvgm code there and rebuild it.


Am 10.09.2018 um 07:37 schrieb Nasser M. Abbasi:
> Hello;
> Just finished compile of one large latex file.
> This is the one I started yesterday. It took about 32 hrs.
> (it seems slower this time than before).
> But there is a big problem. This is using the new dvisvgm 2.6,
> compiled from sources on Ubuntu with TL 2018.1. Had to use 2.6
> due to size limitation of 2.5.
> When I open any web page, all the math is just thin horizontal lines.
> No actual math shows up. Here is screen shot
> https://www.12000.org/tmp/091018/screen_shot.jpg
> The SVG files are all generated. Hashing seems to work well,
> as all the svg file names have the long hash name. But no math shows.
> Tried on firefox and Chrome. Cleaned the cache, no help.
> Could someone please have a look?
> I put a zip file of the complete folder which contains
> everything, and also dvi, idv. The main HTML is called index.htm,
> in this folder:
> https://www.12000.org/tmp/091018/
> There seems to be something got corrupted somewhere.
> May be it is due to large size of the IDV or DVI. I do not
> know.
> Here is an example of one SVG file:
> ---------------------------
> <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
> <!-- This file was generated by dvisvgm 2.6 -->
> <svg height='4.55264pt' version='1.1' viewBox='8.363622 617.741461 
> 63.517177 4.55264' width='63.517177pt' 
> xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' 
> xmlns:xlink='http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink'>
> <defs/>
> <g id='page27' transform='matrix(1.15 0 0 1.15 0 0)'>
> <use x='7.272715' xlink:href='#g17-102' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='13.787897' xlink:href='#g20-40' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='18.030335' xlink:href='#g17-120' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='24.265189' xlink:href='#g20-41' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='31.537874' xlink:href='#g20-61' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='43.052998' xlink:href='#g14-0' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='51.537874' xlink:href='#g17-120' y='541.125306'/>
> <use x='57.772728' xlink:href='#g19-50' y='537.166488'/>
> <use x='62.505043' xlink:href='#g17-97' y='541.125306'/>
> </g>
> </svg>
> -----------------
> The zip file in the above folder is large, about 250 MB.
> I also put the DVI and IDV files outside the zip file
> in the above folder in case you just need to look at
> them without having to download the large zip file.
> The command I used to compile the index.tex is
> make4ht -ulm default -e ./new.mk4 -c ./nma.cfg
>         -f html5+dvisvgm_hashes index.tex
>             "htm,3,pic-align,notoc*,p-width,svg"
> So any one can try the same thing.
> And I also put dvisvgm 2.6 I build as binary in the above
> folder, just in case. It did build correctly, but who knows,
> may be it using wrong font library. It was complicated to
> build from sources, but that was only way to get 2.6 without
> having to wait one year for TL 2019.
> This is very frustrating. I have not been to convert this latex
> to HTML for more than 2 weeks now. Nothing seems to work for
> some reason. Tried mathjax with make4ht, but that also did not
> work for this file.
> Any suggestions what to try?
>> which dvisvgm
> /usr/local/bin/dvisvgm
>> dvisvgm --version
> dvisvgm 2.6
> Thanks for any help.
> TL 2018 on Ubuntu
> --Nasser

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