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error starting ps2pdf

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I am using WinEdt + MkTex systems.

After generating ps file, I use the "ps->pdf" icon in the toolbar to

generate the pdf file. However, I got the error information "error

starting ps2pdf!" message.

Can you pls give some comments on how to fix this problem? Thank you

very much.

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    • buaanupt.tex-program.todaysummary.com.sina.com wrote:

      > I am using WinEdt + MkTex systems.

      > After generating ps file, I use the "ps->pdf" icon in the toolbar to

      > generate the pdf file. However, I got the error information "error

      > starting ps2pdf!" message.

      > Can you pls give some comments on how to fix this problem? Thank you

      > very much.

      >

      First try it in a Command Prompt window (if you are using something

      earlier than WinXP it's a DOS box):

      type in

      cd c:\directory\subdirectory...

      to get into the right place. Then

      dvips filename (no extension needed)

      when that runs type

      ps2pdf filename.ps ( .ps extension needed!!)

      and look at the *.pdf file . If it's ok your problem is in WinEdt

      and you should address queries to the author. If it's not ok you

      have problems with paths, most likely.

      Julian V. Noble

      Professor Emeritus of Physics

      University of Virginia

      #1; Wed, 07 May 2008 16:00:00 GMT
    • On Sun, 21 May 2006, buaanupt.tex-program.todaysummary.com.sina.com wrote:

      > I am using WinEdt + MkTex systems.

      > After generating ps file, I use the "ps->pdf" icon in the toolbar to

      > generate the pdf file. However, I got the error information "error

      > starting ps2pdf!" message.

      > Can you pls give some comments on how to fix this problem? Thank you

      > very much.

      Another post suggested trying to get ps2pdf.bat to work in a cmd.exe

      window. This is an excellent step, but note that WinEdt does not use

      the version of ps2pdf.bat provided by gs.

      You are the 2nd person to report this problem in the past couple ws

      (the other sent private email). WinEdt provides two versions of ps2pdf,

      one a .edt macro script, the other a custom ps2pdf.bat. WinEdt looks for

      ghostscript in the usual places.

      1) is ghostscript installed in a place where WinEdt can find it?

      2) have you tried both WinEdt mechanisms?

      A number of people have been unable to get ps2pdf.bat to work in a cmd.exe

      window. In a couple cases problems running ps2pdf.bat were solved

      by removing a directory with a huge number of files from the PATH

      variable (e.g., the gs8.53\lib directory containing ps2pdf.bat). There

      have also been problems with extremely long filenames. This leads me to

      suspect that "intractible" failures with ps2pdf are due to some limits in

      Win32 command line tools. Without documentation, we can only guess what

      these might be.

      George N. White III <aa056.tex-program.todaysummary.com.chebucto.ns.ca>

      #2; Wed, 07 May 2008 16:01:00 GMT
    • Hi,

      I experienced the same problem you depict here. After trying several hours to find the problem, in my case I found a misspath in winedt when trying to find the gswin32c.exe. What surprise me here is that it looks like this path was lost suddenly.

      Particular solution:

      - Winedt -> Options -> Configuration Wizard -> Diagnosis -> Execution Modes -> ps2pdf 'Accesories'  -> click on 'Browse for full executable -> C:\ 'your own path'  \gs\gs8.71\bin\gswin32c.exe 

      Hope this helps.

      #3; Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:32:00 GMT
    • Hi,

      I experienced the same problem you depict here. After trying several hours to find the problem, in my case I found a misspath in winedt when trying to find the gswin32c.exe. What surprise me here is that it looks like this path was lost suddenly.

      Particular solution:

      - Winedt -> Options -> Configuration Wizard -> Diagnosis -> Execution Modes -> ps2pdf 'Accesories'  -> click on 'Browse for full executable -> C:\ 'your own path'  \gs\gs8.71\bin\gswin32c.exe 

      Hope this helps.

      #4; Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:32:00 GMT
    • Hi,

      I experienced the same problem you depict here. After trying several hours to find the problem, in my case I found a misspath in winedt when trying to find the gswin32c.exe. What surprise me here is that it looks like this path was lost suddenly.

      Particular solution:

      - Winedt -> Options -> Configuration Wizard -> Diagnosis -> Execution Modes -> ps2pdf 'Accesories'  -> click on 'Browse for full executable -> C:\ 'your own path'  \gs\gs8.71\bin\gswin32c.exe 

      Hope this helps.

      #5; Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:32:00 GMT