14 May 2002 shlomif   » (Master)

LaTeX Printing Blues

My partner for "Designs and Analysis of Algorithms" wrote our third homework in LaTeX, and included EPSes of several graphs generated by GraphViz in it. The .ps seemed fine, and looked well in GhostScript, but ps2pdf generated absolute garbage. The Com-Net lab engineer has only configured printing for the Windows NT workstations, because the network card used by the HP printer is temporary. So I must convert them to PDF to print them here.

I tried converting the EPSes to PDF, but they also looked bad in gv. Maybe my version of GraphViz does not generate very well-formed ones, which causes some problems. So I had to print the PostScript file. I scp'ed the file to my account on the NT farm or Linux farms.

I went to the Linux farm but could not login from my faculty-wide account. Luckily, I could login from the account dedicated to my computer graphics course. I scp'ed the file from the other account and tried printing. What gives? There wasn't an lpd server on the system.

Next resort: I logged in the SGI machines and run lp on the file. Now this printed perfectly on both sides of the paper. Thank you, Technion, from making such a simple task so complicated.

I tested it now, and I could convert the PostScript to PDF by using "ps2ps" on it first. But it seems to have a degraded quality. At least when viewing it. At home the Linux cannot print anything as the printer does not respond to characters being sent to it from some reason. And Epson 740 is supposed to work perfectly with Linux.

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