[OS X TeX] Invoking latex with tex + ghostscript option?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Jul 8 11:03:50 EDT 2009

On Jul 8, 2009, at 9:09 AM, Robert Morelli wrote:

> Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 08.07.2009 um 08:11 schrieb Robert Morelli:
>>> I need to invoke the "ordinary" latex on the generated files, not
>>> pdflatex.
>> Using the five letter word (or command) "latex" you'll get DVI. By  
>> adding '-output-format=dvi' you can force latex and pdflatex etc.  
>> to produce DVI.
> Using "latex" or "latex -output-format=dvi" both invoke pdflatex,  
> just as if I'd written "pdflatex."
>>> I was told that I need to invoke latex with the "tex + ghostscript"
>>> option. How do I do that?
>> Preferences -> Typesetting tab -> Default Script
> There are no preferences or tabs. I'm using the command line (or  
> AucTeX from Aquamacs).
>>> Also, is there a way to arrange it so the latex command used on
>>> the files pdftricks generates has that option?
>> You can create your own ENGINE file and put it into ~/Library/ 
>> TeXShop/Engines. Herb once proposed a ps4pdf.engine file:
> I don't use TeXShop. TeXShop has its own text editor but I generally  
> use Emacs (or Aquamacs).
> I tried TeXShop once and it didn't read my $TEXMF* variables so  
> didn't find my custom texinputs.
> It didn't seem worth fooling with.


That's fine. If you are using MacTeX or TeX Live for the Mac try the  

simpdftex latex --extradvipsopts "-R0" --extratexopts "-synctex=1" -- 
distiller ps2pdf14

You can leave out the `--extradvipsopts "-R0"' if you don't include  
files with a relative path. You can leave out the `--extratexopts "- 
synctex=1"' if you don't use synctex synchronization between the  
source file and pdf file (e.g., with Skim). The default distiller used  
by simpdftex is ps2pdf12 so you can remove the `--distiller ps2pdf14'  
option if that is satisfactory.

This will run latex->dvips->ps2pdfXX and remove the intermediate ps  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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