[OS X TeX] The `%!TEX TSprogram = TeXify' line used in TeXShop ...

David Watson dewatson at mac.com
Wed Feb 13 17:20:32 EST 2008

This is not the first time this issue has come up. It appears that  
their AutoTeX engine uses "file magic" to determine if the file is of  
valid type. Perhaps the arxiv.org maintainers could add a
description to their "magic" file (on Mac OS X, at /usr/share/file/ 
magic) or perhaps the authors of AutoTeX could edit their script to  
look for that, but then that would require the archiv.org people to  

On Feb 13, 2008, at 3:46 PM, Jung-Tsung Shen wrote:

> I was submitting a manuscript to http://arxiv.org/ earlier today. The
> files were one main tex file and three eps figures. My main tex file
> contained the following two lines at the very beginning:
> %!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
> %!TEX TSprogram = TeXify
> All the files passed the submission check and could be processed
> without problems. (The system declines the submission if there's any
> problems in processing the tex files) But when I tried to view the
> generated PDF file, the system kept triggering the remote server and
> simply failed to generate it. While I was trying to see where it went
> wrong (I thought it's due to figures since I had to compress them a
> lot to meet the file size requirement), I got a message from arXiv's
> very helpful administrator, saying
> "Your main LaTeX source file contained a PostScript %! line, which was
> misinterpreted by our AutoTeX engine.  We have removed this line from
> your LaTeX file, and your submission now correctly generates a PDF
> file."
> I also submitted the same paper, with the above two lines, to one
> journal of APS (Americal Physical Society) and it went through and
> generated PDF without any problem.
> Except manually removing the lines, is there any other way to make the
> tex file mostly portable? [The answer probably is not ...]
> Thanks.
> JT

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