[tex-live] extractbb/ebb/xbb and also Mac OS X

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Freenet.DE
Sun Sep 14 01:21:18 CEST 2008


Extractbb can work verbosely (-v), which means it echos to stdout  
what it writes to the file. And it has two modes (besides a binary  
one) to record information:

	-m	Output .bb  file used in DVIPDFM
	-x	Output .xbb file used in DVIPDFMx (default)

The command 'extractbb -vm playground.jpg' provokes the message:

	Writing to ./playground.xbb: Bounding box: 0 0 85 40

According to the documentation a BB file should have been created.  
Using 'extractbb -vx playground.jpg' produces the correct message and  
the documented file format. 'extractbb -m playground.jpg' works as  
documented, and also 'extractbb -x playground.jpg'.

When using the ebb command, the created BB file has a line

	%%Creator: extractbb Version 0.2

instead of

	%%Creator: ebb Version ?

The documentation and also the source code mention a command 'bbx' or  
'xbb' which does not exist in /usr/local/texlive/2008/bin/universal- 
darwin (from middle of August, Mac TeX test distribution). Is this on  



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