[tex-live] dvips and file inclusion with absolute pathnames: Documenation issue

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Apr 16 19:38:02 CEST 2007


in TL 2007, the dvips options regarding shell commands and absolute
pathnames have changed their meanings.  The documentation in the info
manual and dvips.pdf, but the manpage has not been recreated.  Most
importantly, the comment in config.ps is now wrong.

The latter can be cured with this patch:

--- texlive-bin-2007.orig/texmf/dvips/config/config.ps	2007-04-16 19:17:10.000000000 +0200
+++ texlive-bin-2007/texmf/dvips/config/config.ps	2007-04-16 19:25:03.000000000 +0200
@@ -7,8 +7,11 @@
 % to determine this number. (It will be the only thing printed.)
 m 3500000
-% z1 is "secure", i.e., inhibits execution of `shell commands` in
-% \specials.  Dvips allows this by default.
+% Run securely.  z2 disables both shell command execution in
+% `\special' and config files (via the `E' option) and opening of any
+% absolute filenames.  z1, the default, forbids shell escapes but
+% allows absolute filenames.  z0 allows both.  The corresponding
+% commandline options are -R0|-R1|-R2 
 % How to print, maybe with lp instead lpr, etc. If commented-out, output

But I don't know whether the manpage can be automatically regenerated
from the info manual or texinfo sources.  Furthermore, dvips.pdf needs
more pdfTeX runs:  The page numbers in references are all off by a
couple of pages.

Regards, Frank

Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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