Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 3379
dvi files print by default on a4 paper
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:50 EDT
When printer is PostScript, and a .dvi file is printed,
the PostScript file produced by dvips has paper size set
to a4 by default, and incorrectly printed on letter size
paper. The user can fix the problem by doing
export DVIPS_OPTIONS='-t letter'
at command line or putting this line in .bashrc.
The variable DVIPS_OPTIONS seems to be undocumented and
it is used in /usr/lib/rhs/rhs-printfilters/dvi-to-ps.fpi.
It is nowhere set. I think it was meant to be set based
on /var/spool/lpd/lp/postscript.cfg. This is a modified
dvi-to-ps.fpi which does the trick:
# convert TeX dvi to Postscript
# read in PostScript configuration settings
# will want to source print options for dvips
TMP_FILE=`mktemp /tmp/rhsprintfilter.XXXXXX` || exit 1
cat > $TMP_FILE
dvips -f $DVIPS_OPTIONS < $TMP_FILE
if [ -f "$TMP_FILE" ]; then
rm -f $TMP_FILE
This issue has been forwarded to a developer for further action.
assigned to jbj
Fixed in Raw Hide tetex-1.0.6-1. Thanks for the script.
*** Bug 3512 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
The default paper size is A4, with the result that when
American letter paper Tex output is not centered. The
manual should instruct
people to add a line t letter to the
file, which fixes it.
*** Bug 5192 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ****** Bug 6900 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***