[tex-live] switched from openSUSE 11.3 (texlive 2009) to 11.4 (texlive 2010): strange things happened

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Mar 17 10:56:24 CET 2011

madworm_de.tug at spitzenpfeil.org wrote:

> This is a cross-post.
> https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=678222
> Essence:
> Using 'pdfopt' on pdflatex created PDF-1.5 creates a 'corrupt xref
> table', which crashes older versions of acrobat products. Version 1.4
> works. Doing the same thing with openSUSE 11.3 (texlive 2009) always
> works, invariant of the pdf version used/forced to use.

ghostscript is bad at dealing with things it doesn't understand.  the
default acrocr*p reader on my home machine rejects pdf from current tl,
(though, admittedly, it doesn't actually crash...).

in this case, it's probably failing on some compressed structure.

adapt your pdf(la)tex to produce pdf 1.4 instead, or (as martin
suggested) switch to an alternative to pdfopt.

(or, for that matter, a pdfopt that uses a more recent ghostscript, i


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