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Here's the situation.

A document, run off on a version of LaTeX about five years old, uses
color.sty and pstricks.sty.  Works fine.

Run off on a current version of LaTeX, it also works fine.  However, the DVI
output is completely different, and when converted to PostScript, the
resulting PS file is also completely different.  The printed output appears
to be the same--but how can I tell for certain?

Also, looking at the LaTeX log shows that color.sty is no longer being
loaded at all.  Has it been subsumed into xcolor.sty?

Finally, looking at the PS files, it appears that one prominent difference
is that where the old file mentions "Black" as a color, the new file
mentions "TeXcolorgray".  What's with that?

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Reply ark1 (690) 6/23/2005 11:33:18 PM

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Andrew Koenig wrote:
> Here's the situation.
>
> A document, run off on a version of LaTeX about five years old, uses
> color.sty and pstricks.sty.  Works fine.
>
> Run off on a current version of LaTeX, it also works fine.  However, the DVI
> output is completely different, and when converted to PostScript, the
> resulting PS file is also completely different.  The printed output appears
> to be the same--but how can I tell for certain?
>
> Also, looking at the LaTeX log shows that color.sty is no longer being
> loaded at all.  Has it been subsumed into xcolor.sty?
>
> Finally, looking at the PS files, it appears that one prominent difference
> is that where the old file mentions "Black" as a color, the new file
> mentions "TeXcolorgray".  What's with that?

You want to be sure that the printed output is the same.

But the DVI output is completely different.

Could you, using dvitype, give us examples of the difference?

Can you rerun both versions of the the document?

If so, a hack such as
\let\@@\special\special
\def\special#1{\write16{xxx: #1}}
will do three things.

First, it will log all the specials (to console and log file).

Second, it will 'remove' (not put in) the specials from the dvi file.

Third, it will not change the placement of items on the page.

Perhaps, after you perform such a hack, the dvi files will become
identical.

Hope this helps.  This problem is easier with the right tools.

(However, they seem not to have been written yet.)

--
Jonathan

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Reply jfine (686) 6/24/2005 7:59:26 AM

Andrew Koenig wrote:
> Here's the situation.
>
> A document, run off on a version of LaTeX about five years old, uses
> color.sty and pstricks.sty.  Works fine.
>
> Run off on a current version of LaTeX, it also works fine.  However, the DVI
> output is completely different, and when converted to PostScript, the
> resulting PS file is also completely different.  The printed output appears
> to be the same--but how can I tell for certain?
>
> Also, looking at the LaTeX log shows that color.sty is no longer being
> loaded at all.  Has it been subsumed into xcolor.sty?
>
> Finally, looking at the PS files, it appears that one prominent difference
> is that where the old file mentions "Black" as a color, the new file
> mentions "TeXcolorgray".  What's with that?

color and TeX is a question of its own ...
The new pstricks.sty replaces the pstcol.sty and does

You can use \usepackage[noxcolor]{pstricks}, then pstricks
the same. But xcolor.sty does a better job here.

Herbert

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http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?introduction=yes
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Reply Herbert.Voss1 (714) 6/24/2005 8:14:53 AM

Jonathan Fine wrote:
> If so, a hack such as
>   \let\@@\special\special
>   \def\special#1{\write16{xxx: #1}}
> will do three things.
>
> First, it will log all the specials (to console and log file).
>
> Second, it will 'remove' (not put in) the specials from the dvi file.
>
> Third, it will not change the placement of items on the page.

Just to be a nitpicker, technically that's only two things! Otherwise, I
could say it doesn't make coffee, it doesn't give me vitamins, but most
of all it doesn't make me funny either.

Dave.
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Reply dreamlax (94) 6/25/2005 5:46:35 AM

David Lloyd Geering wrote:
> Jonathan Fine wrote:
>
>> If so, a hack such as
>>   \let\@@\special\special
>>   \def\special#1{\write16{xxx: #1}}
>> will do three things.
>>
>> First, it will log all the specials (to console and log file).
>>
>> Second, it will 'remove' (not put in) the specials from the dvi file.
>>
>> Third, it will not change the placement of items on the page.
>
>
> Just to be a nitpicker, technically that's only two things! Otherwise, I
> could say it doesn't make coffee, it doesn't give me vitamins, but most
> of all it doesn't make me funny either.

You're quite write.  Except ...

Software is often written to requirements.  Which says what it does.

So here are the requirements.
1.  Log specials.
2.  Remove specials.
3.  Leave things where they are.

And in this thread, for the OP, (3) is a key requirement.

In my first draft of the quoted post, I wrote 'will do two things'.

--
Jonathan

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Reply jfine (686) 6/25/2005 6:45:29 AM

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