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Re: How to avoid ps2pdf

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: How to avoid ps2pdf
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:20:44 +0200

I wouldn't recommend this method in general since the resulting 
files will be significantly larger. The reason is that in the
output from ps2ps, everything is produced using low-level Postscript
drawing commands. Instead of typesetting a font symbol by specifying
the font name and the character code, the postscript code draws the
symbol using lines, spline curves and so on.


> I have experienced very similar problems with Debian's ps2pdf package. I 
> found one workaround:
> Before running ps2pdf, run ps2ps on the postscript file, like
> ps2ps
> This produces a new postscript file which is not identical to 
>, but which ps2pdf seems to like better: If you now use ps2pdf on 
>, you will probably avoid those errors.
> Erik
> On Thursday 11 April 2002 00.28, you wrote:
> > I've been running my lilypond through lilypond-book, latex, dvips, and
> > ps2pdf in order to put pdf files up on the web that friends who have
> > acrobat but not ghostscript can print.
> >
> > I upgraded to Mandrake 8.2 a couple of weeks ago, and this system
> > seems to have stopped working.  Specifically, the postscript produced
> > by dvips seems fine, but the pdf produced by ps2pdf has oddities like
> > noteheads floating free from their stems and repeat dots moving away
> > from the barlines.
> >
> > I have asked about this on the mandrake list, and other people have
> > confirmed that they have the problem, but so far no solution has
> > appeared.
> >
> > I know there are lots of ways to get pdf out of TeX; is anyone here
> > using one with lilypond and latex that doesn't involve ps2pdf?
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