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I am working on a document in LaTeX, and when inserting pdf figures I get a weird black line down the right side. This is not present in the original pdfs (I've checked). I thought it might be some scaling issue, since several of my figures are large and I have to scale them smaller than actual size in LaTeX, but it also appears in this figure, which is actual size.
My code for the figure is:

\includegraphics[height = 9.6cm]{"testschema"}
\caption{Database Schema for test case, simulating results from a test suite}

And the output after compiling with pdflatex is:

enter image description here

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This stems from an overfull \hbox as the image is too wide to fit within the margins. If you include the image inside a frame

% In the document preamble to show the text block visually
\usepackage{showframe}% http://ctan.org/pkg/showframe

  \fbox{\includegraphics[height = 9.6cm]{testschema}}

you'll see it's wider than the text block. This may be due to padding/white space surrounding the actual image (the bounding box is not tight enough). The rule drawn in the margin is usually not visible with only a "Warning: Overfull \hbox found..." in the .log. You can remove this rule by setting the width of \overfullrule to 0pt:


Other alternatives:

  • run the PDF image through the pdfcrop Perl script to see if it can remove the excess white space;
  • scale the image using width (to, say, \linewidth) rather than height;
  • use the bb=<bbllx> <bblly> <bburx> <bbury> key-value (since you're using graphicx) to set the lower-left x,y and upper right x,y bounding box coordinates to trim the image yourself.