[OS X TeX] Incompatibility between geometry and TeX+ghostscript

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed May 16 18:45:04 EDT 2007

On May 16, 2007, at 5:09 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On May 16, 2007, at 4:53 PM, André Bellaïche wrote:
>> When I use pdftex, and the geometry package, the pdf obtained has  
>> the same size I have specified as options in geometry, say 15 x 21  
>> cm.
>> When I use TeX+ghostscript (by specifying %!TEX TS-program = latex  
>> at the first line of the source file), the pdf obtained is A4  
>> size, whatever size has been specified.
>> This would not be an issue if my source file did not contain  
>> pictures made with epic and eepic, which are definitely  
>> incompatible with pdftex. When I run pdftex on my source file with  
>> these pictures, I get hundreds of time the error message : Non-PDF  
>> special ignored!
>> I really need to get PDF of the true size. Any idea ?
>> André Bellaïche
> Howdy,
> Try using
> \usepackage[dvips]{geometry}
> and see if the Tex+Ghostscript works for you.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)


Sorry to add to my response.

I've made a file, geometry.cfg, that contains the lines

%% geometry.cfg for LaTeX
% make this the default---pdf or vtex override (xelatex picks up its  
version first)
%% End of file `geometry.cfg'.

where the second line comment says it all. I've put that in ~/Library/ 
texmf/tex/latex/TemporaryFixes/ (anything in or below ~/Library/texmf/ 
tex/latex/ would work but I like to separate my ``fixes'' from toher  
things). Then it will automatically default to dvips but will  
automatically detect and shift the driver for pdflatex, vtex (what is  
that?) or xelatex.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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