[XeTeX] XeTexXpdffile problem/bug

Rik Kabel xetexer at rik.users.panix.com
Sat Dec 6 04:45:00 CET 2008

Attached are two minimal examples demonstrating a problem with \XeTeXpdffile.
The problem is that the included file is not processed if there is nothing
present on the page before the graphic.

Minimal example 1 shows the basic problem. Mimimal example 2 shows that if
there is something else on the page, even \hspace{0em}, the correct output is

If the \XeTeXpdffile is by itself on a \newpage, the same problem occurs.

This is not a problem of e-TeX not being enabled -- XeTeX is running in
extended mode according to the log.

The problem does not exist if the pdf file is included by way of
\usepackage{graphicx} ... \includegraphics{ok.pdf} or \usepackage{pdfpages} ...

The file "ok.pdf" is not provided here. Any unencrypted, uncompressed pdf file
should work to demonstrate the problem -- the example will try to include the
first page of whatever file you provide.

%< ================= Minimal example 1 fails ==================
% This example produces no output file
  \XeTeXpdffile "ok.pdf"
%< ================= end minimal example 1 fails ==============

%< ================= Minimal example 2 works %< ===============
% This example produces an output file with the pdf
  \hspace{0em}%                can also be placed after graphic
  \XeTeXpdffile "ok.pdf"
%< ================= end minimal example 2 works ==============


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