[tex-live] texlive under ubuntu cannot find proper .bb file for png image file

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jul 31 10:09:49 CEST 2009

Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2009/7/31 Jin Huang <hj at cad.zju.edu.cn>:
> > I just switched from WinXP+MikTeX to ubuntu+TexLive. I have a latex document
> > which can be correctly compiled into dvi previously.  However, it doesn't
> > work now.
> >
> Please, remember that neither TeX nor LaTeX itself can include any
> graphics. TeX was not programmed to do it. you can only use a macro
> package that gets somehow some information about your image and puts
> \special with appropriate parameters so that some device driver can
> understand it and include in the output. Pdftex was extended so that
> it can directly include PDF, JPG and PNG. It can read the dimensions
> directly from the file, it is not necessary to use other tools to get
> the bounding box. If you wish to use something else than pdftex, you
> have to select dvi driver that is capable of inserting PNG and a macro
> package that can write an appropriate \special. I do not know about
> such a driver (maybe dvipdfm but I do not know it well). Or you have
> to convert the image to a format known by the driver that you wish to
> use.

\exists a package that may be compiled into dvips to have it include
bitmaps, using an appropriate \special.  this package isn't present in
tex live, but obviously is in miktex (i _think_ i knew that).

thus, if jin huang wants to continue using bitmaps in his dvips output,
he needs either to revert to miktex, or to use one of the bitmap->eps
packages that exist (i don't recall which are available in tex live, if


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