[OS X TeX] latest pdftex DVI vs PDF mode

Axel E.Retif axretif at igo.com.mx
Wed Nov 10 03:12:47 EST 2004

On Nov 9, 2004, at 9:06 PM, Axel E.Retif wrote:

> On Nov 9, 2004, at 11:20 AM, Alexandru Scorpan wrote:
>>> latest pdftex is expected to run either in pdf or dvi mode, but how 
>>> the switch is made?
>>> Moreover, how can we recognize that we are in pdf mode and not dvi 
>>> mode (this is for pdfsync)?
>> pdftex was always able to produce dvi output.
>> Start your document with \pdfoutput=0 and dvi will be the end result. 
>>  Do nothing or start it with \pdfoutput=1 (or more) and pdf will come 
>> out.
> With the recent gwTeX distribution (TeXLive 2004, teTeX 3), pdf is the 
> output even for the simple command `` latex '' (in the shell, for 
> example).

Oops! I have to eat my words. I just tried

latex -interaction=nonstopmode '%S.tex'

(the Kile default) and I got a dvi file (the same with `` latex '' in 
Terminal.app). I don't know what happened ---when I first installed 
gwTeX (2004), Kile (and the shell) refused to make a dvi, untill I 
found the I had to use the ``-output-format dvi'' option.

Sorry for this.


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