[OS X TeX] XeLaTeX problems with includegraphics

Peder Axensten peder at axensten.se
Wed Sep 3 18:05:26 EDT 2008

The output of xdvipdfmx after running

xelatex -no-pdf filename.tex
xdvipdfmx -v filename.xdv


$ xdvipdfmx -v filename.xdv
x.map>DVI Comment:  XeTeX output 2008.09.03:2358
letter.xdv -> test-letter.pdf
** WARNING ** Didn't find "endobj".
** ERROR ** pdf_link_obj(): passed invalid object.

A quick look at the pdf (in a text edtor) reveals in the first line:

I can compile the same tex-file using pdflatex without a hitch.

xdvipdfmx is version 0.7.3.
XeTeX 3.1415926-2.2-0.999.6 (Web2C 7.5.6)
kpathsea version 3.5.6dev

Again, any help appreciated.


On 3 sep 2008, at 16.24, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 3 Sep 2008, at 3:14 PM, Peder Axensten wrote:
>> Bruno was right, adding -output-driver=xdv2pdf as a command line  
>> option solved the problem. Thanks, Bruno!
>> Although I still don't understand why the default driver can't  
>> handle ordinary pdf graphics...
> If you run "xelatex -no-pdf" on your document, to create a  
> separate .xdv file, and then run "xdvipdfmx -v XDV-file-name" to  
> process it, you'll see any diagnostic messages from the driver; that  
> might help explain the problem.
> My guess, without having seen the actual PDF file involved, is that  
> it uses a newer version of the PDF specification (maybe 1.5) than  
> xdvipdfmx supports by default (1.4, I think). You can tell xdvipdfmx  
> to accept newer formats by using a flag (I think it's "V") in the  
> dvipdfmx.cfg file, but this will also affect the backward- 
> compatibility of the generated output.
> JK
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