[tex-live] TeX Live 2008: nasty pdf(la)tex bug on Solaris SPARC with ZFS

Thanh Han The hanthethanh at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 16:21:59 CEST 2008

after some hours debugging, here is what I can confirm:

- the problem is with LFS enabled only; re-compiled pdftex
  with LFS disabled doesn't have this problem.

- the problem seems to be related to the value of variable
  pdfptr gone wild at certain moment, not to the *seek()

- it seems a bug of pdftex, not compiler.


On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 02:49:41PM +0400, Vladimir Volovich wrote:
> "THT" == Thanh Han The writes:
>  THT> I also confirm this bug. This is caused by LFS. I did a lot of
>  THT> testing with pdf inclusion on utah machines before TL release,
>  THT> unfortunately with LFS always disabled so this bug was not
>  THT> detected.
> i tested the same on AIX, and got even weirder messages:
> [skipped]
> (/mnt/Master/texmf-dist/tex/context/base/supp-pdf.tex
> [Loading MPS to PDF converter (version 2006.09.02).]
> ) <cgolfer.pdf, id=1, 597.50829pt x 845.0471pt> <use cgolfer.pdf> [1{/mnt/Maste
> r/texmf/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdftex.map} <./cgolfer.pdf>] (./test.aux) )2004
> 640010pen_name_prefixHur_file_name
> lose_name_suffixpdflatex: test: Invalid argument
> i'll recompile sparc-solaris and powerpc-aix using --disable-largefile
> and will look if it helps.
> i didn't have an idea that LFS should be disabled because of such
> buggy behavior. the above messages on AIX look strange too. at least
> on solaris i get a meaningful error message.
> Best,
> v.

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