[tex-live] dviout hangs/fails when calling gswin32(c)

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Jan 3 23:28:50 CET 2010

On 3 January 2010 Christian Zietz wrote:

 > Hello,
 > in de.comp.text.tex a user reported problems with dviout under Windows 7
 > x64 when viewing DVI files generated from LaTeX source that includes EPS
 > graphics. I was able to confirm that problem (using Windows Vista x64)
 > and I have been asked to summarize my findings for this list.
 > dviout calls Ghostscript to convert EPS files into bitmaps for display.
 > However, gswin32 (used by default) simply hangs, thus also causing
 > dviout to hang. gswin32c fails with an error message, which I quoted
 > below. (Note that while the error message is from a portable version of
 > TL2009, the problem also occurs with the version installed on HD.)
 > I noticed that the path mentioned in the error message
 > (E:\tlpkg\tlgs\Resource) does not exist. Removing the reference to this
 > path from the dviout wrapper shipped with TL (bin\win32\dviout.bat, the
 > line setting the environment variable GS_LIB) resolved the problem both
 > for me and for the user asking for help.

Hi Cristian,
what you did is correct.  Since gs version 8.63 the Resource directory
is removed and its content compiled into the binary.  But with the
current setting of GS_LIB the files are still searched in the file
system, which explains the error.  I assume that the dviout
installation instructions were not adapted.

Thanks for reporting the bug,

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