[tex-k] epstopdf crashes with malloc error

Seth Gilchrist sethgilchrist at gmail.com
Wed May 7 06:24:41 CEST 2014

I'm using epstopdf as part of LaTeX. The latex compilation fails on a
epstopdf error that can be reproduced on the command line:

$ epstopdf --outfile=NeckFractues-eps-converted-to.pdf NeckFractues.eps
gs: malloc.c:3524: _int_malloc: Assertion `(bck->bk->size & 0x4) == 0'

The eps file can be downloaded  from

Please let me know if you need more information.

System Info:

$ epstopdf --version
epstopdf ($Id: epstopdf.pl 32701 2014-01-17 18:09:54Z karl $) 2.21

$ uname -a
Linux computer01 3.13.0-24-generic #47-Ubuntu SMP Fri May 2 23:30:00 UTC
2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Release: 14.04
Codename: trusty

$ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6
GNU C Library (Ubuntu EGLIBC 2.19-0ubuntu6) stable release version 2.19, by
Roland McGrath et al.
Compiled by GNU CC version 4.8.2.
Compiled on a Linux 3.13.9 system on 2014-04-12.
Available extensions:
crypt add-on version 2.1 by Michael Glad and others
 GNU Libidn by Simon Josefsson
Native POSIX Threads Library by Ulrich Drepper et al
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