[OS X TeX] TeXniscope DVI display bug?

Christopher Menzel cmenzel at tamu.edu
Fri Nov 17 15:34:50 EST 2006

This *sounds* at first like a newbie problem, but I swear it  
isn't! :-)  For reasons related to a problem I've been experiencing  
with the simultaneous use of pdfsync and preview-latex, I am using  
"latex -src-specials" to compile my LaTeX documents.  This, of  
course, creates DVI files rather than PDF files.  I am using  
TeXniscope to view these files, as it preserves source specials info  
so I can have inverse search.  This works just fine, but for one  
thing:  when I view the file with TeXniscope the file displays on  
what appears to be A4 paper.  Now I am long since familiar with the  
usual causes of this, and of course reran texconfig,  both from the  
main menu and the DVIPS menu, just to make sure I am using  
lettersize.  And if I compile my documents with pdflatex instead,  
TeXniscope displays them correctly as lettersize.  Also, if I save  
the file as a PDF when it's displaying A4-ishly in TeXniscope,  
TeXniscope displays the resulting file  correctly!  And here's the  
clincher:  xdvi displays the *very same* DVI file correctly.   
TeXniscope warns that problems with DVI display are usually traceable  
to dvipdfmx, which it allegedly uses for rendering DVI.  However, the  
TeXniscope preferences show the dvipdfm program to be /usr/local/ 
TeXLive/bin/i386-apple-darwin-current/dvipdfm, and when I run that  
from the command line on the raw DVI file, the resulting PDF file  
also displays correctly.  (As an aside, dvipdfms also creates a PDF  
file that displays as lettersize, but the fonts look horrible.)

Anybody have any idea what's going on here?

Chris Menzel

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