[tex-k] dvips: BeginPaperSize in postscript DSC

pierre.mackay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Thu Nov 16 01:16:19 CET 2006

Jean-François Mertens wrote:
> On 15 Nov 2006, at 13:06, pierre.mackay wrote:
>> Jean-François Mertens wrote:
>>> On 14 Nov 2006, at 11:58, pierre.mackay wrote:
>> Mr. Mertens raises a legitimate question, but it is out of our  
>> control.  Documents in Computer Modern exclusively can hope
>> to be absolutely archival but, I suspect, only if they abjure the  
>> use of type1 fonts altogether.  Documents in New Times Roman, or
>> any other proprietary font, can pray, and perhaps hope, to be  
>> archival in the sense that Knuth intended, but they are at the
>> mercy of commercial taste.
> Pierre :
> I would think they should not be completely out of our control _ as  
> long as users stick with embedding all fonts_,
> provided we can reach an agreement with the gs people that they will  
> continue to recognize one or 2 very well
> defined ps formats (say Adobe2 as in use by dvips till now, and  
> whatever spec of Adobe3) for the time being.

On Nov 14, 2006, at 3:47 AM, G. Garai wrote:

> > \documentclass[12pt,psfig,oneside]{book}
> > \psfig{figure=abc.eps,height=6.0in,width=4.0in}
> >
> > But I get "Undefined control sequence" error. Please let me know  
> > the solution for this
Here is an example, from a response by William Adams of the difficulty of including
complete backward compatibility when you start dealing with something other than TeX.
The problem is clearly nothing to do with the management of PostScript insertions by
the PostScript interpreter, it is simply a matter of someone continuing to use obsolete
LaTeX2.09.  How long will it continue to be possible to run ancient LaTeX 2.09 files.  
I know I can run plain TeX files from that fare back.  I have done so, Fortunately I no
longer have any LaTeX 2.09 files. 

Well, searching on ``latex psfig faq'' would get one to a page like:




or even


where you would learn that psfig is a really old macro package from  
the 2.09 days.

While you could move up to epsfig I'd suggest looking into the  
documentation for graphicx (hint, search your hard drive, or the web  
for ``graphicx''. ``texdoc graphicx'' may work on your system  
depending on your tex setup / configuration.

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