Any LaTeX experts out here?

Alain Muls alain.muls at
Fri Jan 23 08:44:16 UTC 2009

On Thursday 22 January 2009 18:59:41 kubuntu-users-request at 
> Tycho Andersen wrote:
> > I recently wrote and submitted my first academic paper (hooray!). I've
> > installed and been using the texlive-full to do this. I used pdftex as
> > my compiler while writing the paper, but now I would like to post DVI
> > and PS files on my web page so that people can download it in the
> > format they prefer.
> >
> > I've changed everything necessary to compile a DVI, and it compiles
> > fine and I've verified the output, so that's good. However, when I run
> > dvi2ps to try and convert, I get the following output:
> >
> > tycho at mittens:~/www/pubs/inss2009$ dvi2ps inss2009.dvi
> >
> > dvi2ps: FATAL-- cannot open fontdesc file "bikan-mor2"
> I'd try first with pslatex in order to compile directly to a ps. Anyway,
> from personal experience, not all latex packages will like that the
> output is ps instead of pdf (especially true for graphicx), so beware of
> the dragons.
> HTH,
> I.
> > Google yeilds nothing useful (rather, nothing in my only language
> > English). Is the (K)Ubuntu package missing this file?
> >
> > TIA,
> > Tycho


I use "rubber" (apt-get install rubber) for compiling latex files. It allows 
you to compile to postscript or to pdf using the commands:

rubber --ps main.tex
rubber --pdf main.tex

It is also very handy for automatically converting your graphics files to a 
format recognized, eg. I make graphics using xfig and the conversion to 
pdf/pdf_t or pstex_t/pstex is handled by rubber.


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