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Re: ps2pdf is called wrongly

From: Sebastian Spaeth
Subject: Re: ps2pdf is called wrongly
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 11:24:17 +0100
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Daniel Johnson wrote:
Sebastian Spaeth wrote:

I just installed lilypond 2.5.11 on my amd64 and it works fine. Thanks! There is one thing that does not work: Whenever I call lilypond -f pdf (or use the default as that creates pdf as well) lilypond hangs indefinitly: if I kill it with ctrl-c I get:

Konvertierung nach »CatStevens-FatherAndSon.pdf«...Error invoking `ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE="a4" > /dev/null 2>&1 '. Return value 2

I use ghostscript-7.07.1 <the one from aladdin>, and ps2pdf will also hang if I call it like this on the command line.

Have you tried upgrading to ghostscript 8.x? Newer versions of Lilypond are known to have certain problems with the 7.x series. Unfortunately ESP ghostscript is stuck at 7.07, but GPL/Aladdin is up to 8.5 (with 8.15 being latest stable).

I stand corrected: Not even
ps2pdf CatStevens-FatherAndSon.pdf
returns. It hangs as well, so my proposed solution would not work anyway. I switched to afpl-ghostscript and that it works fine now.

Still, what do we do if it hangs? Lilypond is supposed to be "robust". Can we protect outselves from hanging when a subcommand does?


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