[tex-live] which version of gs is recommended?

Thanh Han The hanthethanh at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 22:25:01 CEST 2007


many thanks to George and Zdenek for sharing your
experience. I will probably stick with the 8.15.4 version.


On Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 10:06:02AM -0300, George N. White III wrote:
> On 6/8/07, Thanh Han The <hanthethanh at gmail.com> wrote:
> >this question is slightly off-topic, but since the gs gurus
> >are here: I am looking for a version of gs to install for
> >use with mediawiki on a remote server. I took a look at
> >available versions of gs on the gs website, but it didn't
> >make me wiser. Can someone please recommend a version that
> >is suitable for my purpose (stable, sleek, doesn't have to
> >be up-to-date, X11 support excluded)?
> For the past couple years, more bugs in gs come thru the
> system libraries and compilers than from the gs code.
> To give you an idea of what is in widespread use, my debian system has
> $ gs-afpl -h
> AFPL Ghostscript 8.53 (2005-10-20)
> $ gs-esp -h
> ESP Ghostscript 8.15.3 (2006-08-25)
> See: <http://www.cups.org/espgs/index.php> for the status of ESP
> ghostscript.  This was a fork that has become very popular with the
> linux distros, and should be robust.  It is being merged with AFPL
> gs.  The merged version isn't out yet, so I'd be tempted to grab a
> recent source for ESP 8.15.4 and built it with a minimal set of devices.
> More at:
> <http://www.openprinting.org/download/printing/esp-gpl-ghostscript-merge/README>
> http://www.cups.org/espgs/software.php?VERSION=8.15.4&\
> FILE=ghostscript/8.15.4/espgs-8.15.4-source.tar.bz2
> To get sleek, disable devices you don't need in the top-level
> Makefile.
> --
> George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
> Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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