[OS X TeX] a problem with pdftricks

Sergei Mariev serguei.mariev at campus.lmu.de
Mon Apr 4 16:40:19 EDT 2005

Thanks Ross and thanks to everybody who has replied to the thread! 
One last question that I hope will help me find the solution.

I did remove the rm line from Herb Schulz' .sty file  and had a look 
at the new-example1.log The problem was trivial, it was unable to 
find the file pstricks-add.tex so I made sure the file was there and 
repeated the procedure. However, I did not obtain the desired result 
and the problem seems now to be the following:
the .dvi file cannnot be converted to .ps, the error message says:
' TeX output 2005.04.04:2035' -> try1-fig1.eps
dvips: ! Couldn't find header file pst-eqdf.pro

If I run the standard pdftricks and if a use the modified version by 
Herb Schulz, in both cases this seems to be the stage at which the 
entire process is aborted. If I comment out the rm line that deletes 
the .dvi and try to convert that div manualy by invoking dvips on the 
command line, this is also the message I get.

I tried looking for this pst-eqdf.pro on the internet but did not 
obtain any results. Is it a part of some distribution, where can I 
get this file and where am I supposed to install it or what does this 
message mean?

Thanks a lot,


>Hello Sergei,
>On 02/04/2005, at 8:34 AM, Sergei Mariev wrote:
>>Thanks a lot! The bbox and ps2eps were not there, so I got the 
>>archieve, copied ps2eps and the bbox for Mac OS X to /usr/local/bin 
>>and checked to make sure they are executable. However, the document 
>>does not produce any results. Here is the  log:
>Here are the messages concerning what happens when
>LaTeX tries to process the images:
>>) Opening PDFStream=new-example1-fig1.tex### This is 
>>Version $Revision: 2.15 $
>>### /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/latex new-example1-fig1
>>This is e-TeXk, Version 3.141592-2.1 (Web2C 7.5.2)
>>  %&-line parsing enabled.
>>  (/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/web2c/cp8bit.tcx)
>>entering extended mode
>>### WARNING: TeX returned non zero exit status
>This is crucial.
>It says that there was an error in the LaTeX run.
>There will have been a file  new-example1-fig1.log
>produced for that run. It should have a message that
>tells what was the problem.
>However, the script probably removes that file after
>the conversions have been made...
>>### /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/dvips -R 
>>-Poutline  -o /tmp/altpdflatex.565-1112394524/new-example1-fig1.ps 
>>This is dvips(k) 5.94a Copyright 2003 Radical Eye Software 
>>/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/dvips: ! DVI file 
>>can't be opened.
>>### FAILED to generate 
>>/tmp/altpdflatex.565-1112394524/new-example1-fig1.ps ()
>>rm: new-example1-fig1.aux: No such file or directory
>>rm: new-example1-fig1.dvi: No such file or directory
>    ... just as this is removing files that have no further use.
>>  (./new-example1.aux) )
>>No pages of output.
>>Transcript written on new-example1.log.
>So you should find that script, and comment-out the system
>calls to  rm  (= remove files) .
>Run your job again, and have a look at all the .log files
>that are produced.
>In particular, new-example1-fig1.log  should provide the
>clues to determine what is going wrong.
>If you cannot tell, then post that .log file to this
>list so that others may help.
>Hope this helps,
>	Ross
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