[OS X TeX] .dvi files

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Fri Feb 4 08:02:38 EST 2005

On Feb 4, 2005, at 6:45 AM, Lawrence Paulson wrote:

> I'm writing a paper jointly with somebody who's using Linux and we 
> need to use dvi format. However, "latex" from the command line appears 
> to generate pdf files.
> My tex system comes from Gerben Wierda's i-installer. It seems that 
> /usr/bin/latex is a symlink:
> /usr/bin/latex -> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin6.8/latex
> Given that it isn't pdflatex, I'd hope it would generate a dvi file, 
> but it doesn't. What should I do?

You need to over-ride the default which is set to make a .pdf --- 
pdftex is perfectly capable of making a .dvi, that's what was done for 
_The LaTeX Companion 2nd Edition_ to get margin kerning, yet still 
allow PostScript specials &c. to work.

add the line


in your preamble, and set \pdffalse and be sure to use options 
appropriate to whatever .dvi driver your selecting.


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