[racket-dev] scribble pdf

From: Jay McCarthy (jay.mccarthy at gmail.com)
Date: Tue May 24 00:09:10 EDT 2011

2011/5/23 Eli Barzilay <eli at barzilay.org>:
> 8 minutes ago, Jay McCarthy wrote:
>> Most of the time when I run scribble to get PDF output, I get something like:
>> /texmf-texlive-dist/fonts/type1/urw/times/utmb8a.pfb></opt/local/share/texmf-te
>> xlive-dist/fonts/type1/urw/times/utmr8a.pfb></opt/local/share/texmf-texlive-dis
>> t/fonts/type1/urw/times/utmri8a.pfb>
>> Output written on main.pdf (8 pages, 272591 bytes).
>> PDF statistics:
>>  1061 PDF objects out of 1200 (max. 8388607)
>>  736 compressed objects within 8 object streams
>>  17 named destinations out of 1000 (max. 500000)
>>  271 words of extra memory for PDF output out of 10000 (max. 10000000)
>> run-pdflatex: got error exit code
> This error should be printed after the full error log is displayed, so
> you should see some error message.  (This is done by the code in
> "collects/scribble/private/run-pdflatex.rkt".)  Such an error message
> should be much better than opening a broken PDF and trying to find
> where it's broken...

There is nothing after what I pasted.

>> I'm guessing that it is because there is something like missing
>> cross-references or something? But scribble deletes the PDF, so I
>> can't look at it even though latex says it made it, and there's no
>> other useful message.
> The latex file and the pdf generation is done from a temporary
> directory that is deleted at the end of the work.  This is done by
> "collects/scribble/private/indirect-renderer.rkt".
> I'm not sure that it's a good idea to copy the pdf out even if there
> was an error.  It fits the *tex model of compile-what-you-can, but it
> doesn't fit the racket compilation convention.  I think that this
> difference can lead to broken assumptions made by people who are used
> to the latter.  Finding out what problem you have might clarify if
> it's a good idea or not.
> (Adding some command line flag will be problematic, since there's no
> setup for renderer-specific flags, I think, although some of them are
> not doing much in pdf mode.)
> BTW, for reference, the relevant picture is:
> 1 latex-render.rkt       renders latex files
> 2 private/run-pdflatex   knows how to run (and iterate) pdflatex
> 3 private/indirect-renderer.rkt
>                         can combine two tools to create a new renderer
>  pdf-render.rkt         uses 3 to combine 1->2 into a pdf renderer
> --
>          ((lambda (x) (x x)) (lambda (x) (x x)))          Eli Barzilay:
>                    http://barzilay.org/                   Maze is Life!

Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

"The glory of God is Intelligence" - D&C 93

Posted on the dev mailing list.