[NTG-pdftex] DVI mode ignores draftmode

Heiko Oberdiek heiko.oberdiek at googlemail.com
Fri Nov 5 00:49:02 CET 2010


Hello,

draftmode in DVI mode
=====================

the command line option --draftmode or the setting \pdfdraftmode=1
is not working in DVI mode, it is silently ignored.

IMHO the best solution would be if --draftmode or \pdfdraftmode=1
is also respected in DVI mode.
Otherwise a warning or error would be nice, e.g.
* \pdfdraftmode cannot be used in DVI mode.

Invalid value
=============

BTW, setting \pdfdraftmode to an invalid value generates
an error, but quite late and with wrong text:

% pdftex --ini
\catcode`\{=1
\catcode`\}=2
\pdfdraftmode=-1
\par
\def\space{ }
\immediate\write16{%
  \string\pdfdraftmode\space with
  invalid value: \number\pdfdraftmode
}
\shipout\hbox{}
\end

Result:

(./test.tex
\pdfdraftmode with invalid value: -1
! pdfTeX error (setup): \pdfdraftmode can only be changed before anything
is written to the output.
l.10 \shipout\hbox{}
                    
!  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!
Transcript written on test.log.

Yours sincerely
  Heiko Oberdiek
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