[Xy-pic] Problem with pdf

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Thu Dec 29 22:54:36 CET 2011

Hello George,

On 28/12/2011, at 4:10 AM, George LeCompte wrote:

> The file XYbug.tex produces many:
> Non-PDF special ignored!
> Non-PDF special ignored!
> Non-PDF special ignored!
> in the .log file.

This is because you are mixing driver options;

\usepackage[all,poly]{xy}  % PSTricks


With the 'dvips' option, you need to process using  TeX + dvi
(i.e.  simpdflatex  ) rather than  pdfTeX as the processing engine.

You could simply use:  
   \usepackage[dvips,all,poly]{xy}    with  TeX + dvi  engine
   \usepackage[pdf,pdftex,all,poly]{xy}    with  pdfTeX  engine
   \usepackage[all,poly]{xy}    with  pdfTeX  engine
allowing  Xy-pic 3.8.x  to detect the engine itself.  

> This seems to be related to ’"B2"’"A3"’"B1"’"A2"’"B3"’"A1" 
> appearing in the generated pdf file.

That is a different problem, which happens with whatever driver
you use.

You have mis-typed the quote character. Your coding wants to have:


using the back-quote character, not the forward-quote.

> Is there any work around?

No need.
Fix up your input source.
Then your example should show as in the attached image.

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> Please respond to george at lecompte.org
> <XYbug.log><XYbug.tex>

Hope this helps,


Ross Moore                                       ross.moore at mq.edu.au 
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