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How, if possible, can I use pst-text with plain XeTeX? I have TeX Live 2011.

When I try to run the minimal example:

\input pst-text

\pscharpath{TeXnik}
\bye

, I get a bunch of ** WARNING's, among them:

** WARNING ** Failed to read converted PSTricks image file.

and

** WARNING ** Interpreting special command PST: (ps:) failed.

Am I doing something wrong, or is it not supposed to work (this way), or is there some step I'm missing?

I don't get any warnings or anything weird in the logfile, but I do to the terminal:

Ilmalaiva% xetex pikakoe.tex 
This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-0.9997.5 (TeX Live 2011)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
(./pikakoe.tex
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pst-text/pst-text.tex
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/pstricks.tex
we are running tex and have to define some LaTeX commands ...
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/pst-xkey.tex
2005/11/25 v1.6 PSTricks specialization of xkeyval (HA)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/xkeyval.tex
2008/08/13 v2.6a key=value parser (HA)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/xkvtxhdr.tex
2005/02/22 v1.1 xkeyval TeX header (HA))
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/keyval.tex)))
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/pst-fp.tex
`pst-fp' v0.05, 2010/01/17 (hv))
`PSTricks' v2.20  <2011/04/23> (tvz)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/xetex/xetex-pstricks/pstricks.con
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/config/xdvipdfmx.
cfg))
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/xetex/xetex-pstricks/pstricks.con
(/usr/local/texlive/2011basic/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pstricks/config/xdvipdfmx.
cfg
Using PSTricks configuration for XeTeX+xdvipdfmx
)))  v1.00, 2006/11/05(tvz,hv)) [1]
** WARNING ** pdf_open: Not a PDF 1.[1-5] file.
** WARNING ** Failed to include image file "/var/folders/2w/40kkgr916n34r23ts240d9bh0000gn/T//dvipdfmx.8Yyf2pkO"
** WARNING ** >> Please check if
** WARNING ** >>   rungs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sPAPERSIZE=a0 -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=%v -dAutoFilterGrayImages=false -dGrayImageFilter=/FlateEncode -dAutoFilterColorImages=false -dColorImageFilter=/FlateEncode -sOutputFile='%o' '%i' -c quit
** WARNING ** >>   %o = output filename, %i = input filename, %b = input filename without suffix
** WARNING ** >> can really convert "/var/folders/2w/40kkgr916n34r23ts240d9bh0000gn/T//dvipdfmx.8Yyf2pkO" to PDF format image.
** WARNING ** pdf: image inclusion failed for "/var/folders/2w/40kkgr916n34r23ts240d9bh0000gn/T//dvipdfmx.8Yyf2pkO".
** WARNING ** Failed to read converted PSTricks image file.
** WARNING ** Interpreting special command PST: (ps:) failed.
** WARNING ** >> at page="1" position="(123.75, 759.927)" (in PDF)
** WARNING ** >> xxx "PST: tx@Dict begin gsave STV /ArrowA { moveto } def /ArrowB { }"
 )
Output written on pikakoe.pdf (1 page).
Transcript written on pikakoe.log.
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I do not get any warning with current TeXLive –  Herbert Aug 11 '11 at 16:32
    
@Marco: Why did you remove the {plain-tex} tag? –  Caramdir Aug 11 '11 at 17:02
    
@Caradimir: I think plain-tex is something which is compiled with tex. xetex/xelatex is a special deployment of tex That's the reason. I also tested the example and I had also no errors. –  Marco Daniel Aug 11 '11 at 17:09
    
@Herbert: I forgot to add the word "basic" to the TL-version I'm using (TeX Live 2011 basic). Also I'm on OSX 10.7. I'm guessing I'm missing something really basic; looking at one of the lines which starts off with "Please check if rungs...", makes me wonder if that rungs's gs comes from GhostScript? –  morbusg Aug 11 '11 at 17:10
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@Marco: plain-tex is a format. XeTeX is an engine. –  morbusg Aug 11 '11 at 17:11
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You need to have GhostScript installed.

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here is my log:

voss@shania:~> xetex Namenlos-2.tex 
This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.3-0.9997.5 (TeX Live 2011)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
(./Namenlos-2.tex
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/tex/generic/pst-text/pst-text.tex
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/tex/generic/pstricks/generic/pstricks.t
ex
we are running tex and have to define some LaTeX commands ...
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/pst-xkey.tex
2005/11/25 v1.6 PSTricks specialization of xkeyval (HA)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/xkeyval.tex
2008/08/13 v2.6a key=value parser (HA)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/xkvtxhdr.tex
2005/02/22 v1.1 xkeyval TeX header (HA))
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/generic/xkeyval/keyval.tex)))
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/tex/generic/pstricks/generic/pst-fp.tex
`pst-fp' v0.05, 2010/01/17 (hv))
`PSTricks' v2.22  <2011/07/09> (tvz)
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/xetex/xetex-pstricks/pstricks.con
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/tex/generic/pstricks/config/xdvipdfmx.c
fg)) (/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/tex/xetex/xetex-pstricks/pstricks.con
(/usr/local/texlive/2011/../texmf-local/tex/generic/pstricks/config/xdvipdfmx.c
fg
Using PSTricks configuration for XeTeX+xdvipdfmx
)))  v1.00, 2006/11/05(tvz,hv)) [1] )
Output written on Namenlos-2.pdf (1 page).
Transcript written on Namenlos-2.log.

the files in my local tree are the same as on TeXLive 2011

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This post doesn't even nearly count as an answer. It doesn't contain any algorithm to solve the problem. –  Andrey Vihrov Aug 12 '11 at 7:01
    
that is obvious, that is was not an answer. –  Herbert Aug 12 '11 at 7:06
    
It is a blog on a log. –  I am who I say I am Feb 22 '12 at 11:54
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