Hello - just back in the Ubuntu game,
well, as I switched to Debian Testing/Wheezy I did not look at the problem
further. With Ubuntu 12.10 I wanted to check if the problem is solved - and
it ist not.
Actually, TeX/LaTeX is correct - the problem is the default paper size being
letter on the system (/etc/papersize was "letter" not "a4") and thus
As I found no command to change it I did it by hand:
paperconf -n => letter
paperconf -s => 612 792
But I don`t know how to change TeX configuration for all the special
vi /etc/papersize => a4
paperconf -n => a4
paperconf -s => 595.276 841.89
components (like: dvips/dvipdft/ps2pdfwr/dvipdfmx) and maybe other
parts of the system configuration depending on that.
But paperconf seems not to work for me - and
texconfig paper a4
... just yields: "This command shouldn't be used on Debian.
Please use 'paperconf' instead."
is not present on the Ubuntu 12.10 system (full TeXLive being installed).
So I need a way to give the TeXLive package (and maybe other components)
the correct information and than it would be appropriate to file a bug,
as I think this is a bug of the Ubuntu installer - as one can just specify
(giving my choice):
language (English), Timezone (Berlin time),
and keyboard (German no deadkeys),and I would not guess from that input that the user needs letter format,
would you? It would even be better to ask paper size seperately than to
misconfigure a system and hide its configuration (I am an experienced
Unix admin - maybe I should feel ashamed - but Ubuntu is not designed
for experts, right?).
Additionally, with these settings the paper configuration war OK before
Oneiric (that was the point to switch to Debian for me) and with similar
settings Squeeze/Stable was OK (which I migrated to Testing/Wheezy,
the hard way ).
Can anyone help?
The Internet is full of pieces of advice for changing paper size - but
nothing which really fits to Ubuntu (as far as I dug) ...
If anyone just wonders about the page size just look at:
and if it is not what you want you're in the configuration game, too.
-> Page size: 595 x 842 pts (A4)
*** or ***
Page size: 612 x 792 pts (letter)
grep -i paper <documentname>.ps
-> %%DocumentPaperSizes: Letter
*** or ***
Any help in making my Ubuntu system fully aware of the changed
paper size is highly welcome and that piece of information may be
appreciated by others too.
If I manage this myself I will update this thread, of cause.
Best wishes, JMB