# [OS X TeX] a problem with MacTex 2009

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Nov 16 18:00:14 EST 2009

On Nov 16, 2009, at 4:42 PM, Shengchao Qin wrote:

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> I got another problem: it seems the typeset command always use 'pdflatex'. My tex file has some .eps
> figure and the pdflatex stopped at the .eps place (error message given below). It worked in windows where I use latex (Miktex) not pdflatex. Is there a solution to this problem? Thanks.
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> ! Package graphics Error: Division by 0.
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> See the graphics package documentation for explanation.
> Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
> ...
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> l.9 \includegraphics{./overview.eps}}
>                                     \vspace*{-3mm}\caption{Our Approach to ...
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Howdy,

What editor are you using? If you're using TeXShop you need only check Typerset->TeX and DVI and latex->dvips->ps2pdf processing will take place for that session. You can make that the default processing method by choosing TeXShop->Preferences->Default Script->TeX + DVI and that will be used by default from then on. Finally, if you place the line

% !TEX TS-program = latex

at the top of your tex file the latex->dvips->ps2pdf processing will be used for that file no matter how the default is set. Substitute pdflatex' or xelatex' for latex' to use that for the file. There are also lots of other engines available; see the files in ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/Inactive/ for more information (~ is your HOME directory).

If you drop the eps file onto TeXShop it will be converted to a pdf which you can use with pdflatex (leave off the eps extension in the \includegraphics{...} command). Finally, if you add \usepackage{epstopdf} the eps file will be transformed into a pdf on the fly (assumes that shell-escape is enabled).

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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