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

Dimitris Diochnos diochnos at
Tue Nov 12 02:03:57 PST 2013

Hi All,

I would like to report that today I experience no problems. I made the
following two steps:

- Installed xorg-server because I was not sure if the +quartz variant
on poppler had something to do with it and moreover I had not updated
XQuartz on my system (see e.g.,
so I decided to go with the version that comes with MacPorts.

- Selfupdate and upgraded the outdated.

Thank you all,
Hope this can be of help to others.

Best regards,

On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Chris Jones <jonesc at> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Chris
> 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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