[tlu] TeXLive, Segmentation fault xdvipdfmx fatal

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at icloud.com
Sat Jan 31 16:51:13 CET 2015

This is more a generic XeTeX question, not one specific to TLU. You might find people more competent on the matter at two other lists:

- TeX on OS X <https://email.esm.psu.edu/mailman/listinfo/macosx-tex>

- XeTeX <http://tug.org/mailman/listinfo/xetex>

In any case, I can't think of clear explanation for your problem. Maybe try to replace the ":" in the label "fig:periodicitespatiale" by another character, like "-". That shouldn't matter, but who knows? Try also to delete manually all the auxiliary files generated by the LaTeX run, and start afresh. It may be a corrupt .aux or similar file was inadvertently created and crashes dvipdfmx.

What you may also try: in Terminal, run xelatex and xdvipdfmx separately, like this:

xelatex -no-pdf <your-file>.tex
xdvipdfmx -v <your-file>.xdv

You may increase the level of verbosity for xdvipdfmx by using -vv or -vvv instead. To know more:

xetex -help
man xdvipdfmx

The console output might shed some light one the matter (though, if it's really a segmentation fault, the app may crash without returning anything).

You may also look at Utilities/Console.app, see which kind of message pops up when xdvipdfmx crashes.

That's all I can think of. Unfortunately, I won't be able to look further into this. The above two lists might be more helpful, there are really specialists there.

Bruno Voisin 

> Le 31 janv. 2015 à 12:03, Jean Marie Falisse <fa003029 at skynet.be> a écrit :
> I’m using TeX Live 2014, with TeXShop, on a MacBookPro, OS X 10.9.5.
> When composing a reasonably long text, I get the following messages on the TeXShop console:
>> LaTeX Warning: Reference `fig:periodicitespatiale' on page 33 undefined on inpu
> t line 853.
> [33]Segmentation fault
> xdvipdfmx:fatal: File ended prematurely
> I have been trying to comment out some parts of the file to see what happens, but to no avail.
> This file has already been composed months ago, and a .pdf produced, but I had some improvements to do.  TeX Live packages are regularly updated with TeX Live Utility.
> Could you please tell me where I could get some help, and hints, to find a solution?  I’m a physics teacher, and I use LaTeX to produce my notes for the students.
> Thank you for your advice.
> Jean Marie Falisse
> Jean Marie Falisse
> Professeur de Physique
> Athénée royal d'Auderghem, Implantation La Brise
> rue de la Bergerette
> 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort
> Belgium
> jmfalisse at acm.org
> +32 479 509899

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