[OS X TeX] Page origin problem with TeXLive and dvips

Roberto Avanzi roberto.avanzi at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 12:03:54 EST 2007

On 1 Feb 2007, at 17:55, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> Sorry to have you experiment so much.

Well, I hope my adventures may help someone else too!

> Try replacing the = by a space:
> --distiller "ps2pdf13 -dAutoRotatePages=/None"
> and if that doesn't work we'll have to think about it for a while :-(.

Sorry to disappoint you, but if I do this, in the console I read

### Saving intermediary ps file /tmp/altpdflatex.17170-1170349133/ 
ml9.ps as ml9.ps
### ps2pdf13 -dAutoRotatePages=/None /tmp/altpdflatex. 
17170-1170349133/ml9.ps /tmp/altpdflatex.17170-1170349133/ml9.pdf
/usr/texbin/simpdftex: line 538: ps2pdf13 -dAutoRotatePages=/None: No  
such file or directory
### FAILED to generate /tmp/altpdflatex.17170-1170349133/ml9.pdf ()

> If you have Apple's distiller chose there might be a problem;  
> letting TeXShop use GS should not present a problem since that is  
> the default used by simpdftex.

Oh yeah, that makes things even funnier.

I believe that the problem is in Ghostscript (the difficulty to override
page rotation presets is considered, rather euphemistically, a  
in the documentation) and this automatic rotation of pages introduces a
potentially non reliable pseudo-randomness that is against the spirit of
a tool like gs - hence it should be removed at the root.  I edited
ps2pdfwr at the moment, and will have to remember to do that in the  


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