[tex-k] zoom problem in xdvi

Stefan Ulrich stefanulrich at users.sourceforge.net
Wed Mar 3 10:36:45 CET 2010


yes I meant the -gsalpha or +gsalpha option for xdvi and the 'v'
keystroke for xdvi (to toggle PS display), or 'V' to turn
anti-aliasing on or off. The latter will actually restart the gs
process, so it should be a workaround for this issue.

Please compare the ghostscript versions on Linux (where it's broken)
with those on Solaris (where it works). Last time I looked there was
performance optimization in newer ghostscript versions that didn't
recompute the anti-aliased images when the zoom factor changed, but I
couldn't find out how to work around this in xdvi. I'm a bit surprised
that it also happens with anti-aliasing off; could you please
double-check this? (Use the +gsalpha option to turn if off, or check
that the menu option is switched off).

Best regards,

On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 10:06 AM, tmlam <tmlam at se.cuhk.edu.hk> wrote:
> Hi Stefan,
> I think you meant -gsalpha with xdvi. Anyway, as I said, turning
> anti-aliasing on with -gsalpha does not help but turning it off afterward
> solved the problem. However, xdvi by default does not turn on anti-aliasing
> by default (unless with -gsalpha). Somehow by turning it on to off solves
> the problem. Therefore, I believe there is something wrong.
> Regards,
> TM Lam
> On 3/3/2010 4:39 PM, tmlam wrote:
>> Hi Stefan,
>> Ghostscript is 8.64. I suppose the option -gsapha is to be used with gs.
>> However, gs is invoked by xdvi. How can we pass the option to gs through
>> xdvi?
>> In fact, you are right about the anti-aliasing. There is an option
>> button in xdvi that allow turning PS anti-aliasing on/off. By turn it to
>> on, and then off, the figures can be displayed normally after zooming.
>> Very strange.
>> I don't know how to switch postscript on/off. What keystroke we need to
>> press? I assume it is for xdvi.
>> Many thanks for you ideas.
>> Regards,
>> TM Lam
>> On 3/3/2010 3:37 PM, Stefan Ulrich wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Usually such problems are related to ghostscript. What are the
>>> ghostscript versions on these installations? Does the behaviour change
>>> if you switch off Postscript anti-aliasing (Menu or -gsapha option)?
>>> Does it work after you switch postscript on/off (v keystroke)?
>>> Best regards,
>>> Stefan
>>> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 5:18 AM, tmlam<tmlam at se.cuhk.edu.hk> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> It seems that the xdvi in Linux has problem when zooming in. The figures
>>>> (eps) will not zoom correctly. In fact, part of the figure will be
>>>> vanished.
>>>> I tried the xdvi in texlive 2009, the original xdvi in CentOS 5.4,
>>>> both have
>>>> this problem. However, running xdvi (texlive 2009) on Solaris (SPARC)
>>>> does
>>>> not have this problem.
>>>> Is there a fix in Linux?
>>>> TIA,
>>>> TM Lam

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