On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Gene C. Ruzicka wrote:

> i'm not sure if this is the correct venue to raise this issue, but
> here goes:
> here is a trivial LaTeX document:
> \documentclass[10pt]{article}
> \usepackage{times}
> \begin{document}
> \begin{abstract}
> fill fill
> \end{abstract}
> fill
> \end{document}
> when i run this through LaTeX, and then through dvips, the .ps file looks fine
> when printed and when viewed using gsview  if the LaTeX is file
> foo.tex, i generate the .ps file using: dvips foo . problems start when i
> try to distill the postscript file to a .pdf file. for that operation, i use the
> command: ps2pdf foo.ps foo.pdf .  when i read (or print) foo.pdf, the fi
> ligature in the body of the document (i.e., in the word "fill"
> following the abstract) is separated by an unusually large space from
> the remaining letters. in both cases, the same .dvi file is used, so
> the problem can't originate in dvips.  The problem  can be fixed simply by 
> removing one of the two words "fill" from the absract portion of the 
> document??!!  btw, the problem vanishes entirely when i remove 
> \usepackage{times} from the LaTeX file.
> the cause of this problem seems to be the UNIX version of 
> ghostscript which is ultimately invoked by the ps2pdf macro.
> on my PC at home, i have two versions of ghostscript:
> one comes with the Cygwin package, and the other is the windows
> version of ghostsscript, gswin32c.   i experience the problem with
> the Cygwin ghostscript but not with gswin32c . Also, i experience
> the problem with the ghostscript on my sgi workstation at work.
> at first glance, this problem sounds like something i've read about
> on this list when  \usepackage{times} is combined with dvips -Ppdf,
> but i don't think that's really the case.  

Did you check the bug reports on sourceforge?  Is this bug #524292
(present in gs7.03-7.10, but not 6.51, now marked as closed):


George White <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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