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From: Joe Cooper <>
Subject: pdf output.
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 10:25:00 -0000	[thread overview]
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Ok...I've seen this discussed innumerable times on the list.  And a 
search of the archives reveals lots of similar queries and problems. 
But no presented solutions have worked for me, and I'm reaching a state 
of mind most akin to 'banging head on wall'.

I've tried this on both RH6.2 and RH7.  I've used the older db2pdf 
utilities as well as the latest docbook2pdf (from ).  Both will produce 
HTML output fine.  However, both fail in different ways to produce a pdf 

I've seen the suggestion to modify some values in the texmf.cnf 
file...however, I found that the values in a default Red Hat install are 
already larger than or equal to the ones suggested by Eric.  Further, 
error logs (when they are generated in attempting PS output) indicate 
that those limits are not being hit, or anywhere near it.

I've tried doing the very simplest thing I could manage (Eric's 
helloworld.docbook example) and it fails as well.

docbook2pdf hello.docbook generates the following:

Using catalogs: /etc/sgml/
Using stylesheet: 
Working on: /home/joe/swelldocs/webmin/hello.docbook
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-13d (Web2C 7.3.1)
(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

Any suggestions?  What do I have to do to make this work?

BTW-Postscript output worked, up to about page 78 of my 200 page doc, 
until I upgraded to the docbook2 it fails with a heap of 
Reference errors even on the tiny hello document, as well as 'No file 
hello.aux.', as well as some errors in a .log file.  The errors in the 
.log file indicate a few "Reference" errors, but the interesting bit is 
that at the end of the log, it is very clear that TeX is not running out 
of memory/buffers/whatever...all of the various numbers are quite a bit 
less than the max.

                      Joe Cooper <>
                  Affordable Web Caching Proxy Appliances

             reply	other threads:[~2001-02-27 10:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2001-02-27 10:25 Joe Cooper [this message]
2001-02-27 14:58 ` Alan W. Irwin
2001-12-19 22:49   ` Joe Cooper
2001-02-27 15:25     ` Joe Cooper

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