Macports, Mavericks, LaTeX/XeTeX, PDF files, and "Trace/BPT trap: 5"

Chris Jones jonesc at
Mon Nov 11 10:38:59 PST 2013


latex is working just fine for me on OS X 10.9, PDFs view just fine. My poplar installation is the default one though, as I don’t use OKular, Kile et. al.


On 11 Nov 2013, at 1:45pm, Dimitris Diochnos <diochnos at> wrote:

> Dear All,
> I am sending this email as it appears that the recent version of
> texlive that comes with MacPorts does not generate valid pdf
> documents, or at least Preview is not able to handle them correctly.
> I have installed poppler with the extension +qt4+quartz since I also
> wanted Okular and Kile to be installed through MacPorts.
> In a nutshell, even though one can compile with "latex" the .tex file
> and then use a command of the form "dvipdf/dvipdfm/etc" in order to
> generate the pdf file from the dvi file that was generated using
> "latex", then attempting to open the pdf file with a command of the
> form:
> open myFile.pdf
> returns a
> Trace/BPT trap: 5
> and the file never opens. Moreover, if one first opens Preview and
> then opens the file through the route "File>Open...", even if the
> document appears on the screen, one can not scroll!
> The same problem with the pdf file remains when one is using directly
> "pdflatex" for generating the pdf file, or even if someone uses XeTeX
> and the command "xelatex" for the generation of the document.
> Quite surprisingly, opening the dvi file with Okular, one is actually
> able to scroll through the document.
> Finally, pdf files that I have generated in the past using Mountain
> Lion and the respective texlive ports through MacPorts back when I was
> using Mountain Lion, I can actually open them from the command line
> using a command of the form
> open myFile.pdf
> Generating a pdf file using the following simple document has the
> issues that I describe above:
> $ cat basic.tex
> \documentclass[letterpaper,11pt]{article}
> \begin{document}
> \title{A title}
> \author{An author}
> \date{A date}
> \maketitle
> \begin{abstract}
> Abstract goes here
> \end{abstract}
> \section{Introduction}
> Hi there!
> \end{document}
> $
> Is anyone else also experiencing such problems? I honestly believe
> there is something wrong with the current ports even if everything
> managed to compile during the installation of Kile and all of Kile's
> dependencies.
> Best regards,
> Dimitris
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