According to everything I can find on Google, eps files in xelatex should work out-of-the-box. But that's not what I'm seeing (using TeX Live 2010 on Arch Linux). Consider the following simple input:


Some text.


Some more text.

I put this into a .tex file and place it in the same directory as an EPS file called "flower.eps". Now, if I run xelatex, it outputs a pdf file, but the eps file doesn't appear (although space is reserved for it). On the other hand, latex+dvips works just fine.

Edit: I should mention that pdflatex works if I add \includepackage{epstopdf}. But that doesn't help for xelatex.

There's a related question[1], but it doesn't apply in this case because the solution was to apply the patch here[2], but it's already there in my TeX installation. Does anyone have other ideas?

[1] can't \includegraphics eps files anymore with xelatex (used to work fine)

[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=485071

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    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 3:46

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I was having the same problem where my output PDF would have a space reserved for the graphic, but nothing more. In my case it was caused by not having Ghostscript installed, which is necessary since xelatex supports EPS by converting it to PDF in the background via Ghostscript.


Here are my used files for a working xelatex run (I used only the tiger.eps):

This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9997.4 (TeX Live 2010)
   restricted \write18 enabled.

 *File List*
 article.cls    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size10.clo    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
graphicx.sty    1999/02/16 v1.0f Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
graphics.sty    2009/02/05 v1.0o Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
   xetex.def    2009/11/22 v0.94 LaTeX color/graphics driver for XeTeX (RRM/JK)

   tiger.eps    Graphic file (type eps)

you can get the list with \listfiles in your preamble

  • Thanks, I got exactly the same list of files and versions. Actually, if I try including tiger.eps, then it works! So it seems that xetex is having trouble with my eps file (although every other piece of software I throw at it has no trouble...)
    – Joe Neeman
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 12:47
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    Ok, so I can confirm that the problem is with the eps to pdf conversion step: I got my eps file to show up by editing /etc/texmf/dvipdfmx/dvipdfmx.cfg and replacing the line that starts 'D "rungs ...' with 'D "epstopdf -o=%o %i"'. Now the eps shows up, but it is positioned wrongly (ie. differently than if I do latex+dvips). Maybe I can get this all to work by just finding the right conversion tool...
    – Joe Neeman
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 12:53

Would this make any difference?

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    No, that doesn't change anything...
    – Joe Neeman
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 12:45

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