dvips defaults to a4 despite /etc/papersize and $PAPERSIZE

Bug #277298 reported by Manfred Georg on 2008-10-02
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
texlive-bin (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: texlive-base-bin

The default behavior in dvips is to get a4 paper despite any system settings contrary.
Although I wish the program actually looked at /etc/papersize or the environment,
the package could just set the default correctly in
and /etc/texmf/dvips/config/config.ps
by placing the letterSize block above the a4 block for
locals that demand letter paper. This could be handled
by a script when dvips is configured.

Sigh, yet one more reason we should all just use a4 and be done with it.



samsara /etc$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 7.10
Release: 7.10

samsara ~/rep/misc$ uname -a
Linux samsara 2.6.22-15-generic #1 SMP Wed Aug 20 18:39:13 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

samsara /etc$ apt-cache policy texlive-base-bin
  Installed: 2007-12ubuntu3.1
  Candidate: 2007-12ubuntu3.1
  Version table:
 *** 2007-12ubuntu3.1 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com gutsy-updates/main Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com gutsy-security/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     2007-12ubuntu3 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/main Packages

On Thu, 02 Oct 2008, Manfred Georg wrote:
> Sigh, yet one more reason we should all just use a4 and be done with it.

One of already about 1000 bug reports on that. There is already a
proposal in one of the many Debian bugs on that. But volunteers
implementing that are missing.

Maybe that can be taken on by some Ubuntu Developer?

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <email address hidden> Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <email address hidden> Debian TeX Group
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