[XeTeX] Experiences with XeTeX on Debian Sarge and Ubuntu Edgy Eft

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Oct 25 12:12:40 CEST 2006

Le 25 oct. 06 à 11:25, Christoph Bier a écrit :

> Peter Dyballa schrieb am 25.10.2006 11:06:
>> Am 25.10.2006 um 09:26 schrieb Christoph Bier:
>>> $ xpdf xetexref.pdf
>>> Error: May not be a PDF file (continuing anyway)
>>> Error (0): PDF file is damaged - attempting to reconstruct xref
>>> table...
>>> Error: Couldn't find trailer dictionary
>>> Error: Couldn't read xref table
>> Using xpdf 3.01 here on Mac OS X 10.4.8, it succeeds to open and
>> display the file. [...]
> $ xpdf -v
> xpdf version 3.01
> Copyright 1996-2005 Glyph & Cog, LLC

It seems xetexref.pdf is only a placeholder.

After downloading the tarball from <http://scripts.sil.org/svn-view/ 
xetex/TRUNK/texmf/doc/xetex/> and unarchiving it:

theo8mc233:~/Desktop/xetex bvoisin$ ls -l
total 416
-rw-r--r--   1 bvoisin  bvoisin  206289 Aug 13 18:42 XeTeX-reference.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 bvoisin  bvoisin      24 Aug 13 18:42 xetexref.pdf

Looking at xetexref.pdf, its only content is the text:

link XeTeX-reference.pdf

I don't know how that's supposed to work, but it seems Peter has in  
his system something that "resolves" this text and links xetexref.pdf  
to XeTeX-reference.pdf, while Christoph doesn't have it. Wouldn't it  
have been simpler (at the Subversion repository stage) to simply make  
xetexref.pdf a symlink to ./XeTeX-reference.pdf?

Bruno Voisin

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