[OS X TeX] Different results with TeXLive intel/ppc

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Tue Nov 7 12:24:42 EST 2006


this is quite troubling: I migrated two machines to TeXLive with i- 
installer, an intel iMac and a DualG5. Both run 10.4.8, both have the  
identical ~/Library/texmf tree (I sync them with unison), but I get  
different results when compiling my theses. On the PPC machine the  
document is 393 pages long, on the intel machine it's 402 pages. I  
carefullly arranged footnotes and spaces in the document and the  
result is fine on PPC. On the iMac everything gets screwed up. The  
basic layout is still the same, but obviously there are big  
differences in details which lead to big white spaces at some places  
which then lead to more pages.

Unfortunately, the intel machine is at work, so I can't do any  
smaller example right now to compare the two setups. But at the  
moment I don't see any differences between the machines except their  

This is very troubling IMO. Anyone else seeing this, any ideas?


Simon Spiegel
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be thought of as: 'forget about the wax and feathers, and do a better  
job on the wings." Stanley Kubrick

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