[OS X TeX] 10.4.7, dvipdf, Preview, and mangled math

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Mon Jul 24 04:09:01 EDT 2006

Am 24.07.2006 um 07:42 schrieb overdog.ldn at gmail.com:

> My TeX installation is teTeX via fink, which must have been updated  
> last around the time of the original 10.4 release, probably  
> compiled from source. I recently upgraded to 10.4.7, but have no  
> idea whether that's to blame for a problem I recently started  
> experiencing, although, as far as I know it always worked OK under  
> 10.4.6 and never under 10.4.7.

You can always rebuild.

	fink selfupdate
	fink update-all
	fink rebuild <those packages you really need, i.e. teTeX and  

> The particular problem is that many of my math expressions appear  
> mangled in Preview, with several glyphs missing, or replaced by  
> square boxes with either various shades or weird phonetic  
> characters in them. I'm not doing very much special beyond  
> straightahead math typesetting. The problem seems to be largely  
> confined to non-numeric super-/subscripts. I don't see this problem  
> in Acrobat reader, but my document is quite long (>100 pages) and I  
> can't currently say whether other weirdness is resulting.

There could be a problem with encodings, but then some excerpt from  
the TeX source and its LOG file, particularly dvips referring, are  
needed. You could add as first of these statements


to tell Unicode viewers that the irregular TeX characters often  
correspond to regular Unicode characters.

> I build pdfs from a dvi output by LaTeX using dvi2pdf. I have also  
> tried generating postscript from the dvi using dvips, and using  
> Apple's pstopdf, but the problem I describe below persists. As far  
> as I know, I am only using built-in default LaTeX fonts. I haven't  
> tried anything fancy like using Mac fonts or anything like that.

You could try to use pdfTeX to see what's produced directly!



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