[OS X TeX] Problem: latex command produces PDF instead of DVI

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Wed Nov 24 01:26:58 EST 2004

On Nov 24, 2004, at 04:21, Axel E.Retif wrote:

> On Nov 22, 2004, at 9:58 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> On Nov 22, 2004, at 16:31, Gerald Teschl wrote:
>>> Dear Gerben,
>>> first of all thank you for you wonderfull TeX-packakes. I use them 
>>> for quite some time now and never had any problems.
>>> However, I got a now mac and did a fresh install (TeX package 
>>> version 2004/11/16 22:33:48).
>>> I selected "Full/2004" during installation. Now the problem is that 
>>> latex does no longer produce dvi files.
> [...]
>> TL2004 has unififed most engines to pdfetex. pdfetex is perfectly 
>> able to produce DVI. However as it now turns out there is an 
>> incompatibility between teTeX and TeX live that makes latex read a 
>> pdfTex configuration file which sets the output format to PDF.
> So, when I wrote
>>> 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.
> I was close to what was happening. The strange thing is that I'm 
> running exactly 2004/11/16 22:33:48, and when I try in the shell
> latex test.tex
> I get
> This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3)
> output format initialized to DVI
> entering extended mode
> (./test.tex
> LaTeX2e <2003/12/01>

Show a complete log. For me, it ended with the production of a PDF file.

Anyway, I have updated the i-Package.


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