[OS X TeX] Landscape mode

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat May 24 15:45:48 EDT 2008

On May 24, 2008, at 1:40 PM, Juergen Fenn wrote:

> Holger Schulz schrieb:
>> Am 2008-05-24 um 20:18 schrieb Herbert Schulz:
>>> \usepackage[dvips]{geometry}   % <-------------------
>> That's the good one.
> Well, it probably isn't because we use pdftex in TeXShop by default,  
> don't we?
> Jürgen.


The geometry package knows if it's being run in pdftex (in pdf mode).  
Unfortunately, it can't know what the back end driver is (dvips,  
dvipdfm(x), dvipdf) is and they take different specials. Therefore you  
need to tell geometry which back end driver you're using.

It is possible to create a geometry.cfg file that picks one by  
default. Make a text file with the contents


and call it geometry.cfg. Place this file where geometry can find it;  
e.g. ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/configs/ (where ~ is you HOME directory  
and you create folders as needed). The the default driver will be  
dvips and pdftex will still be found automatically. If you use  
something like dvipdfm(x) you'll still need to explicitly set the  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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