[OS X TeX] Linux --> Mac: Beamer and "Non-PDF special ignored!"

Rick Chartrand rickchartrand at cal.berkeley.edu
Wed Sep 22 16:05:42 EDT 2010

After comparing my .log file with Dick Koch's for a Beamer file with one
empty frame, I found 4 relevant differences:
(1) his says "\write18 enabled", mine says "restricted \write18 enabled".
This prompted me to try compiling with sudo pdflatex, and this actually
works, for the empty file and for full presentations.  But compiling with
sudo seems like a bad long-term idea.  The following are the other relevant
differences (that I get if I compile *without* sudo; with sudo the only
difference is the "restricted \write18 enabled").
(2 & 3) His:
Package pgfsys Info: Driver file for pgf: pgfsys-pdftex.def on input line

File: pgfsys-pdftex.def 2007/12/20  (rcs-revision 1.20)

File: pgfsys-common-pdf.def 2007/12/17  (rcs-revision 1.8)
Package pgfsys Info: Driver file for pgf: pgfsys-dvips.def on input line

File: pgfsys-dvips.def 2007/12/12  (rcs-revision 1.19)

File: pgfsys-common-postscript.def 2008/02/07  (rcs-revision 1.18)
\pgf at objectcount=\count109
It's as though mine wants ps output instead of pdf.
(4) His has
File: epstopdf-sys.cfg 2010/07/13 v1.3 Configuration of (r)epstopdf for TeX
and mine doesn't, consistent with the idea that something in my setup thinks
it doesn't want pdf output, though in the end it does output a pdf (after
all the Non-PDF special ignored! messages).

Anybody know what might cause this, and how to fix it?


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