BSD_10_2011.pdf - typical problem

Frank Shute frank at
Wed Oct 26 04:25:26 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 06:16:04PM -0400, Chuck Bacon wrote:
> I often receive PDFs which die with gv.  I have just downloaded the 
> current copy of BSD_10_2011.pdf, with stats:
> MD5 (BSD_10_2011.pdf) = 69c8b0be7c59870eb41e09b46fa568ba
> -just so's you know.
> This one causes gv to respond with:
> Error: /syntaxerror in readxrefGNU Ghostscript 7.07: Unrecoverable 
> error, exit code .. etc.
> Some PDFs come through OK, but about half fail, often with different 
> errors.  I'm running:
> FreeBSD tomato.local 8.2-RELEASE-p3 FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0: Tue Sep 
> 27 18:45:57 UTC 
> 2011  root at 
> amd64
> on an ASUS MB and AMD64 4x CPU.  Any ideas?
> As a retired sysadmin from the 1950s, I'm over my head but can't let go 
> :-)
> So I need help sometimes :-(
>    Many thanks - Chuck Bacon <crtb at>

Not sure why you're using gv. Try graphics/xpdf.

Use xpdf to view the pdf and pdftops to convert it to postscript for




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