XPDF works but Ghostscript Doesn't for .eps

I can only generate .eps files that will successfully distill into .pdf files when I use

ps.usedistiller : xpdf
not
ps.usedistiller : ghostscript
nor
  ps.usedistiller : None

Is this a known problem?
ghostscript does work fine for .ps files just not .eps

In addition when ever I save a .eps file I get the following error even though it creates the file ok

: Error: No paper information available - using defaults
%%BoundingBox: 78 220 543 561
%%HiResBoundingBox: 78.281998 220.589993 542.375983 560.357983

Is there a way to fix this?
I have
ps.papersize : letter

my configuration
Mac OS X 10.4.10 PPC
python 2.5.1
Matplotlib 0.90.1
ipython 0.8.1
wxPython2.8-osx-unicode-2.8.3.0-universal10.4-py2.5
ghostscript 8.54
xpdf 3.02

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I can only generate .eps files that will successfully distill
into .pdf files when I use

ps.usedistiller : xpdf
not
ps.usedistiller : ghostscript
nor
  ps.usedistiller : None

Is this a known problem?
ghostscript does work fine for .ps files just not .eps

No, it is not a known problem. I have never had a problem converting an eps to
pdf, using either setting. Are you using epstopdf? Could you post an example,
something that actually illustrates a problem?

In addition when ever I save a .eps file I get the following error
even though it creates the file ok

: Error: No paper information available - using defaults

%%BoundingBox: 78 220 543 561
%%HiResBoundingBox: 78.281998 220.589993 542.375983 560.357983

Is there a way to fix this?

Is this with verbose.level set to silent?

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On Monday 20 August 2007 12:11:30 pm Samuel M.Smith wrote:

Interestingly I just installed ubuntu gutsy AMD64 on my machine (yes I
know it's alpha) and found that I get a strangely similar problem
(with subversion matplotlib). But only if i use *xpdf* as the
distiller, not ghostscript. I also get the same error with the
bounding box / no paper information. I put it down to ubuntu alpha
status rather than matplotlib which is why I didn't report it, but
this has made me think possibly otherwise?? I'll send more details if
you're interested.

John

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On 20/08/07, Darren Dale <dd55@...163...> wrote:

On Monday 20 August 2007 12:11:30 pm Samuel M.Smith wrote:
> I can only generate .eps files that will successfully distill
> into .pdf files when I use
>
> ps.usedistiller : xpdf
> not
> ps.usedistiller : ghostscript
> nor
> ps.usedistiller : None
>
> Is this a known problem?
> ghostscript does work fine for .ps files just not .eps

No, it is not a known problem. I have never had a problem converting an eps to
pdf, using either setting. Are you using epstopdf? Could you post an example,
something that actually illustrates a problem?

> In addition when ever I save a .eps file I get the following error
> even though it creates the file ok
>
> : Error: No paper information available - using defaults
>
> %%BoundingBox: 78 220 543 561
> %%HiResBoundingBox: 78.281998 220.589993 542.375983 560.357983
>
> Is there a way to fix this?

Is this with verbose.level set to silent?

No, it is not a known problem. I have never had a problem converting an eps to
pdf, using either setting. Are you using epstopdf? Could you post an example,
something that actually illustrates a problem?

Attached at least in a mail direct to you is a folder with testgs.eps, testgs.ps, testxpdf.eps, testxpdf.ps as well as the pdf files
where successful. (matplotlib list won't let me send attachments)
The testgs.eps (for test with ghostscript) does not convert to pdf using either apple preview or adobe distiller (the adobe log is included)
It does however convert successfully with epstopdf so there is some subtle difference.

In addition when ever I save a .eps file I get the following error
even though it creates the file ok

: Error: No paper information available - using defaults

%%BoundingBox: 78 220 543 561
%%HiResBoundingBox: 78.281998 220.589993 542.375983 560.357983

Is there a way to fix this?

Is this with verbose.level set to silent?

No with verbose set to helpful
With it silent only the "
:Error: No paper information..."
  part prints. tthe bounding box part does not
But usually helpful only prints something if there is an error or warning where as the
bounding box doesn't appear to be either.

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Eagle Mountain, Utah 84005-4108
801-768-2768 voice
801-768-2769 fax
**********************************************************************
"The greatest source of failure and unhappiness in the world is
giving up what we want most for what we want at the moment"
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