# Blank tikz preview [closed]

I am having a problem with using tikz; I get a blank preview instead of the tree expected. I'm using:

Scientific Linux: v6.3 Kernel : 2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64
Texlive : TeX 3.141592 (Web2C 7.5.6) (obtained via tex --version)
: pdfTeX using libpoppler 3.141592-1.40.3-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.6) (obtained via latex --version) Pgf : used pgf_2.10.tds.zip, installed into a local tree, and used sudo texhash
gs : 8.70 dvipdf : apparently calls dvips with the -q option dvips : 5.96.1

I tried the family tree and file system tree examples from http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/feature/trees/.
No errors or warnings occurred with latex family-tree.tex, for example, and family-tree.dvi was created (1 page, 11436 bytes).
I can generate pdfs which don't contain tikz commands and view them, so it seems to me that its something peculiar to tikz.
I tried wrapping a

\begin{figure}
\end{figure}


around the tikzpicture (using some advice seen elsewhere) but the picture remains blank.

Hope someone can help!

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## closed as too localized by Joseph Wright♦Dec 2 '12 at 11:25

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Welcome to TeX.sx! It's not necessary to sign your questions (as there is already a box with your username below it) or to begin them with a greeting. –  Kurt Oct 29 '12 at 14:21
Not an answer but are you trying to create a dvi or a pdf file? If you are going for pdf, I am guessing pdflatex command would be better instead of latex. –  mythealias Oct 29 '12 at 14:59
@Kurt: That doesn't actually make sense if the user name is not the name that was undersigned, does it? –  doncherry Oct 29 '12 at 16:40
@doncherry: you could read this as a hidden hint to choose a proper user name ;-) I thought that the problem more is that it is not necceccary to sign (with name or user name). And to show that the user name is allways displayed on the right side ... –  Kurt Oct 29 '12 at 17:43
@doncherry: Good hidden point! :-) –  Kurt Oct 29 '12 at 22:03