PDF export fails with pdflatex and LuaTeX

Martin Weise M at rtinWeise.de
Wed Feb 12 06:51:45 UTC 2020

On 12.02.20 07:32, Jürgen Spitzmüller wrote:
> 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.
> Jürgen
The file was there; however, it was empty.

I added the line as per your suggestion. Unfortunately, pdflatex still
produces a dvi file.

Anything I need to do additionally, i.e. to activate the new config file?


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