poscript display problems

Philipp Ost pj at smo.de
Wed Jul 9 16:29:16 UTC 2008

Chuck Robey wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> Tim Kellers wrote:
>>55 completely blank pages
> well, thanks very much, Tim.  You and Phil Ost tested, and I found out that our
> FreeBSD-ports installed gs seems to have some sickness, when being asked to
> display PS files that don't have embedded fonts ... because that's what this is.

I see this too. I get the following error when displaying the files with 

Error: /typecheck in --setscreen--
Operand stack:
    6.01146   0.0   --dict:4/4(ro)(L)--   4   4   Frequency   6.01146
Execution stack:
    %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
--nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1905   1   3 
%oparray_pop   1904   1   3   %oparray_pop   1888   1   3   %oparray_pop 
   1771   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop 
.runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2 
%stopped_push   --nostringval--   1883   3   4   %oparray_pop   1821   3 
   4   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
--nostringval--   --dict:4/4(ro)(L)--   --nostringval--   4 
%dict_continue   --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
    --dict:1146/1684(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:128/200(L)-- 
Current allocation mode is local
GPL Ghostscript 8.62: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Program version:

$ pkg_info | grep ghost
ghostscript-gpl-8.62_2 GPL Postscript interpreter
ghostview-1.5_1     An X11 front-end for ghostscript

>  I'll be investigating it further.  I  have already verified that at least some
> of the Linux-derived gs ports display this fine, so it's a ports problem of some
> kind, because of the testing, and I know my gs and gs fonts are installed the
> way they should be.

evince-2.22.2_2 has also problems displaying the files. I don't know if 
evince uses ghostscript as a backend though.
ps2pdf can't convert them also, it bombs out with the same error message 
as above.

I'm running 7-STABLE if this matters.


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