Bug 439500 - First page of a PS isn't right with -2
First page of a PS isn't right with -2
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mpage (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michal Hlavinka
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-03-28 16:16 EDT by Horst H. von Brand
Modified: 2009-07-14 12:02 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 12:02:10 EDT
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A small example file that shows the problem (see bug for details) (99.82 KB, application/postscript)
2008-03-28 16:16 EDT, Horst H. von Brand
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Description Horst H. von Brand 2008-03-28 16:16:23 EDT
Description of problem:
Running the attached .ps file (the first few pages of
www.cs.princeton.edu/courses/archive/fall06/cos341/handouts/mathcs.pdf) gives a
messed up PS: No borders for the first sheet, the first page isn't rotated as it

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. mpage -2 15.ps > 15-2.ps
2. gv 15-2.ps
Actual results:
15-2.ps sheet 1 seems to be the original page 1 overwritten by the (reduced and
rotated) page 2, and that in turn seems to overwrite the border (as seen on the
second sheet).

Expected results:

Additional info:
Yes, I am still using mpage.
Comment 1 Horst H. von Brand 2008-03-28 16:16:23 EDT
Created attachment 299519 [details]
A small example file that shows the problem (see bug for details)
Comment 2 Horst H. von Brand 2008-03-30 18:57:06 EDT
BTW, I seem to remember a similar problem with mpage from /way/ before.
Comment 3 Tomas Smetana 2008-04-04 05:28:20 EDT
Are you absolutely sure that the original PDF is OK?  If I try to process it by
pdf2ps it complaints:

 **** This file had errors that were repaired or ignored.
 **** The file was produced by: 
 **** >>>> pdfTeX-1.10b <<<<
 **** Please notify the author of the software that produced this
 **** file that it does not conform to Adobe's published PDF
 **** specification.

The produced PostScript looks to be similar to yours but can be processed with
mpage and result is OK.

I really don't know whether this is a bug in mpage or in the original file or in
the intermediate ps file.
Comment 4 Horst H. von Brand 2008-05-05 16:53:41 EDT
That is the file as downloaded, it might very well be broken in some way.

I just checked, here pdf2ps (ghostscript-8.62-3.fc9.i386) doesn't complain and
the result of mpage-2.5.6-2.fc9.i386 is a messed-up first page. What versions do
you have?
Comment 5 Tomas Smetana 2008-05-06 04:39:57 EDT
I have dowloaded the pdf and processed it using ghostscript-8.60-5.fc8 and
Comment 6 Tomas Smetana 2008-05-06 06:23:29 EDT
You're right -- things look different on F-9.  The resulting file doesn't show
the title page correctly after opening in Evince.  After scrolling a few pages
down and up again the title page looks ok...  This is strange.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 04:23:23 EDT
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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