[texhax] A problem with dvips.
rokicki at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 04:16:35 CEST 2016
I was wrong; this is a different issue. The bug:
On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Tomas Rokicki <rokicki at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is due to a licensing issue that recently came to light;
> psfig licenses are incompatible with the GPL, and so much
> of the other software is GPL. It's really too bad.
> But yes, startTexFig is gone, and so is, to my knowledge,
> all of psfig.
> The only solution I have is to move away from psfig.
> I guess someone could reimplement *something* but
> no one has stepped up.
> On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Rolf Turner <r.turner at auckland.ac.nz>
>> I recently "upgraded" my system. Now I cannot create a pdf file from a
>> LaTeX document which previously caused no trouble. If I take an "old"
>> file "talk.ps" which was created (in the dim distant past) by "dvips
>> talk" (after "talk.dvi" was created by running "latex talk" on "talk.tex" I
>> can do
>> ps2pdf talk.ps
>> and get a no-problem pdf file, talk.pdf.
>> However if I do
>> dvips talk # Runs without generating any error messages.
>> ps2pdf talk.ps
>> I get an error:
>> Operand stack:
>>> Execution stack:
>>> %interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval--
>>> --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval--
>>> --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1977 1 3 %oparray_pop
>>> 1976 1 3 %oparray_pop 1960 1 3 %oparray_pop 1852 1 3
>>> %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2
>>> --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push
>>> Dictionary stack:
>>> --dict:1198/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:119/200(L)--
>>> --dict:196/300(L)-- --dict:118/200(L)--
>>> Current allocation mode is local
>>> Last OS error: No such file or directory
>>> Current file position is 444444
>>> GPL Ghostscript 9.18: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
>> If I rename the old ("working") talk.ps file, call it oldtalk.ps, run
>> diff talk.ps oldtalk.ps
>> I get a huge (235 line) output, which means essentially nothing to me. I
>> have attached this file, in case it means something to *somebody*.
>> I would appreciate it if someone could point me to a remedy for this
>> problem. I need to produce a *new* talk, on a different topic, whence
>> I cannot just use the old "talk.ps".
>> To forestall questions on the issue: The talk is generated using the
>> powerdot document class which does not seem to play nicely with
>> pdflatex. So I cannot just do "pdflatex talk". Psigh!
>> Thanks for any useful ideas.
>> Rolf Turner
>> Technical Editor ANZJS
>> Department of Statistics
>> University of Auckland
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