Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 441358
texlive dvips margins wrong, due to incorrect paper size
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:28:27 EDT
Description of problem:
Postscript printing output has no top margin. I have tested 2 machines where
dvips used to work fine. The problem traces back to the dvips paper setting
which defaults to A4. I had it properly set by tetex, but texlive did not
inherit the setting.
This was reported as far back as RedHat 9, AFAICT, and it has been ignored. It
is not a margin problem from CUPS, where margins print out fine. It appears to
be confined to programs that use dvips to print.
We need some way to set the appropriate paper size in the operating system
itself and then have dvips notice that upon installation.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Same problem happened with tetex.
Steps to Reproduce:
2. notice no top margin
In a program like LyX, the File|print uses dvips, and the top margin is wrong.
Here's the file where the configuration is set.
It can be manually edited or users can run "texconfig dvips paper letter" to
create a customized config size. In TeXLive, that DOES NOT create a system
configuration, rather it writes one in /root/.texmf/share/dvips/config. But
root can copy it over into the /usr/share/texmf. But I wish it would give a
warning about that, because a lot of administrators will not know.
tetex used to give a warning about where it was writing the config file, that's
how I knew to copy out of /root/.texmf.
Here is a recent report of the same problem that was closed because tetex is
This one closed the problem that was originally filed on RedHat Linux. I don't
think it was ever fixed, just forgotten somehow.
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