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Today, to my complete disbelief, I realized evince on Gnome 3 is not able to open DVI files. Which readers do you suggest, and why? It would prefer gnome applications of course, but I don't mind KDE/Qt either.

update: I'm on Fedora with TeX Live 2011.

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On Fedora you need to install the separate package evince-dvi to enable DVI support. – Martin May 4 '12 at 15:15
@Martin: see my reply in Jasper's answer. TeX Live causes some problems with that. – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 15:20
Are you really sure that you want DVI? See Is there any reason to compile to DVI rather than PDF these days? – Marco May 4 '12 at 15:26
@Marco: unfortunately yes, I do. A package I need uses pstricks. – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 15:30
@JasperLoy: I did, but there's another issue there. It's OT here, but basically the output shown in xdvi has the correct page size, while on the other hand the converted pdf cuts the right margin. – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 15:35
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By default, one needs to install the basic TeX packages from the Ubuntu repositories to view DVI files with Evince on Ubuntu. Similarly, one needs to install evince-dvi from the Fedora repositories to view DVI files with Evince on Fedora.

If you are using TeX Live installed directly from TUG, you may also use the xdvi provided.

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I'm using TeX Live, aren't there any other options apart from xdvi, please? – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 15:11
Unfortunately I can't: there's a conflict arising from the kpathsea-2007-66.fc16 package, which is required by evince-dvi and made obsolete by the latest one from TeX Live. – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 15:17
What's wrong with xdvi? I find it quick and easy to use. (Not that I use .dvi much anymore....) – jon May 4 '12 at 15:34

okular, the default and universal KDE viewer supports DVI files very well (at least as far as I remember, because I rarely work with DVI files for some time now).

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If you're running the 64bit version of Fedora, you can download modified evince packages here: http://mgieseki.fedorapeople.org/evince/

evince-dvi is built against the latest kpathsea package from Jindrich Novy's TeX Live 2011 repository. Thus, installing the dvi evince extension works properly together with TeX Live 2011.

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That's great, thanks! – Riccardo May 4 '12 at 16:31

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