[tex-k] The dvitype utility can't dump XDV files
peb at mppmu.mpg.de
Wed Oct 13 16:56:49 CEST 2010
On Wed, 13 Oct 2010, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> The disdvi utility can dump the contents of XDV files from XeTeX, although
> not in that detail one might wish. When I try to use dvitype ('dvitype
> File.xdv' or 'dvitype File.xdv.dvi' using either the hard link or the
> modified copy) it complains:
> This is DVItype, Version 3.6 (TeX Live 2010)
> Options selected:
> Starting page = *
> Maximum number of pages = 1000000
> Output level = 4 (the works)
> Resolution = 300.00000000 pixels per inch
> identification in byte 1 should be 2!
this line could be misleading
> magnification=1000; 0.00006334 pixels per DVI unit
> ' XeTeX output 2007.12.22:1710'
> Bad DVI file: ID byte is 5!
> Exit 1
this msg probably comes from the postamble!
> although I changed the second byte in the XDV file from 5 (^E) to 2 (^B):
did you also change the id_byte at the end, i.e.in the postamble?
> Could dvitype learn to "officially" support XDV files in order to be able to
> debug them or compare the output from different XeTeX versions?
Possibly, probably as a separate program similar to pdvitype for japanese
dvi file as produced by pTeX. As a prerequisite one would need a very
precise description of the XDV format.
Peter Breitenlohner <peb at mppmu.mpg.de>
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