[OS X TeX] TeXLive 2006 (full distribution-MacTeX): problem with dvips and paper size

Franck Pastor pastor at fusl.ac.be
Fri Jan 5 11:30:02 EST 2007


Here is an possible bug of the full TeXLive2006 redistribution of  
MacTeX. Out of curiosity (most of times I don't use TeX+dvips), I  
compile a LaTeX document, via TeXShop, with the TeX+Ghostscript  
engine (TeX+dvips+ps2pdf). The result is always a pdf document  
(almost) without margins! While everything works flawlessly with pdfTeX.

I tried to enter "sudo texconfig-sys paper a4" in the Terminal, as  
advised by the MacTeX installer package. Without results.

After some research, I managed to solve the problem by entering in  
the Terminal:

sudo texconfig-sys dvips paper a4

Now both pdfTeX and TeX+Ghostscript give the same result for the same  

Hence it seems that the "texconfig-sys paper" utility works only for  
pdfTeX, and does not configure dvips. You have to be more precise and  
use "texconfig-sys dvips paper" to configure dvips ...

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