[NTG-pdftex] gcc 4.1.2 at ubuntu breaks pdftex

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 15:48:23 CEST 2007

On 10/8/07, Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:

> 2007/10/6, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com>:

> > Why not  file a bug report against gcc and wait a while to see if clarity
> > emerges?  It may be a plain bug in gcc so the code can be left  as is
> > and the flags changed until most people have the fixed  version, or a
> > case where the optimizer sometimes makes bad choices and you are
> > better off changing the code to circumvent the issue.
> I did better: I asked the gcc experts for help -- and got it.
> See http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc-help/2007-10/msg00076.html and the followups

Christoph Bartoschek deserves our thanks.  I can confirm that building
pdftoeps.o with
-DDISABLE_OUTLINE fixes the pdf file inclusion error.

The problem is quite easy to see once you know where to look -- for the
record, the problem is the build system which allowed PDFDoc.h to be
compiled with different macro definitions.  In a build log, compare the
definitions used to build in libs/xpdf/xpdf with those used for pdftoepdf.cc.

The #defines in question are set in src/libs/xpdf/xpdf/Makefile.in, so there
is no easy way for autoconf in pdftexdir to find them.   You could just copy
the flags from libs/xpdf/xpdf/Makefile.in to texk/web2c/pdftexdif/Makefile.in
or add the corresponding #defines to pdflib.h.  Since the latter has to be
changed when xpdf changes and the #define is for PDFdoc.h, adding a
#define to pdflib.h seems a more logical place, but just copying the
flags make differences visible in the build log.

It would be helpful for posterity to add comments to pdlib.h where #defines
are needed in order to use the xpdf header files.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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