[XeTeX] XeTeX, XeTeXpicfile, and counter-intuitive behaviour

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Thu Dec 1 16:03:32 CET 2011

Heiko Oberdiek wrote:

> D.E. Knuth, "The TeXbook": "Chapter 15: How TeX Makes Lines into Pages":
> | Whenever TeX is moving an item from the top of the "recent
> | contributions" to the bottom of the "current page," it discards
> | a discardable item (glue, kern, or penalty) if the current
> | page does not contain any boxes.

Jonathan Kew, Will Robertson, or any other XeTeX documenter : "XeTeXpicfile is a discardable item" ???

>> Problem 2 (completely intractable) : XeTeX claims to be unable to find
>> "TAR-2.pdf",
> Already answered (\XeTeXpdffile).

I repeat : "Why does \XeTeXpicfile say

	'! Unable to load picture or PDF file"',

if it is unable to handle PDF files ?

> Make a minimal example that shows the problem.

To follow : I have to remove cropmarks and
various other things essential to the real work.

Philip Taylor

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