BSD_10_2011.pdf - typical problem

Chuck Bacon crtb at
Tue Oct 25 22:32:48 UTC 2011

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 
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>

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