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I am writing a layout for a class file.

The corresponding class file specifies several \RequirePackage calls with the [dvips] option, and hence trying to compile the document using pdflatex or any of the other pdf renderers fails.

Unfortunately, pdf output is the default in Lyx. Is there a way to set the default output format to dvi in the layout file?

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From Help > Customization:

OutputFormat [format] The file format (as defined in the LyX preferences) produced by this document class. It is mainly useful when OutputType is literate and one wants to define a new type of literate document. The format is reset to “docbook” or “latex” when the corresponding OutputType parameter is encountered.

So in your layout file you could put

OutputFormat dvi
  • When I do this, the document starts off with the View/Update buttons in a disabled state. Then if I press Tools -> Document Settings and go to Output and set the default format to DVI, it seems to produce documents that I cannot open. If however, I do not include the OutputFormat dvi line and just set the output type to DVI manually, it works. – parsiad Jan 18 '14 at 21:20
  • @par I can reproduce. It is either a bug in LyX or a misunderstanding on my part. You could send an email (linking to this question) to lyx-users@lists.lyx.org or if you think it's a bug file a report at lyx.org/trac – scottkosty Jan 18 '14 at 22:06

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