PDF export fails with pdflatex and LuaTeX

Jürgen Spitzmüller spitz at lyx.org
Wed Feb 12 06:32:43 UTC 2020

Am Mittwoch, den 12.02.2020, 07:28 +0100 schrieb Jürgen Spitzmüller:
> Am Dienstag, den 11.02.2020, 21:44 +0100 schrieb Martin Weise:
> > Ok, here's something I (just) noticed: pdflatex, when run without
> > arguments, produces a .dvi file from HelloWorld.tex. It is only if
> > I
> > specify "-output-format=pdf" that it creates a .pdf file.
> > 
> > From what I understand, this is not what pdflatex should normally
> > do.
> Try the following:
> Find the configuration file pdftexconfig.tex in the terminal via
> kpsewhich pdftexconfig.tex

... and if no such file is there, you need to create it, as indeed (and
maybe surprisingly) pdf(la)tex _does_ produce DVI by default; it only
produces PDF if advised so via \pdfoutput.

I attach my (default TeXLive) configuration file for convenience.

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