# Paper size incorrect when using latex instead of pdflatex

Somewhat opposite to other problems I found, my document size is correct when compiling with `pdflatex` but is not right when compiling with `latex`.

I'm using a custom `documentclass` for a conference but I don't think that is the problem. The document template provided is defining the paper size precisely with the `{geometry}` package.

This is my preamble:

``````\documentclass[runningheads]{llncs}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} % define this before the line numbering.
\usepackage{ruler}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage[width=122mm,left=12mm,paperwidth=146mm,height=193mm,top=12mm,paperheight=217mm]
{geometry}
``````

When I compile it with `pdflatex`, I get the correct document (much smaller than A4). However, I would like to compile it with `latex` (and then do dvi->ps, ps->pdf conversion) in order to be albe to use `.eps` images.

But, when compiling with `latex` I get a smaller page embedded in an A4 with big lower and right margins. Could anybody please suggest a solution?

• `geometry` also provides `paper=letterpaper` as an option... – Werner Feb 26 '14 at 15:44
• @Werner I know, but this is a conference document template, not something I wrote myself, and it's mostly not a good idea to change things in the provided template if not needed. – penelope Feb 26 '14 at 15:46
• You are setting paperwidth to 146mm in your preamble and so you should get this width with pdflatex (and no letter or a4 or something else). With latex + dvips the result depends on the config.ps. In a current texsystem you can load eps-graphics with pdflatex by using the epstopdf package. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 26 '14 at 16:04
• @UlrikeFischer Sorry, you're right, it's not letter size, it's just "smaller than A4". I corrected that. I will try the `epstopdf` package. – penelope Feb 26 '14 at 16:09

Too long for a comment.

With the files you have provided I get:

• pdflatex: 413.858bp = 5.748in = 146mm × 615.118bp = 8.5433in = 217mm
• latex/dvips/ps2pdf: 413.86bp x 615.12bp

The only difference I see is the rounding of two decimal digits instead of three that pdflatex has used.

As expected the pages are neither in A4 or letter size, because you have specified:

```\usepackage[width=122mm,left=12mm,paperwidth=146mm,height=193mm,top=12mm,paperheight=217mm] {geometry}```

The result, checked with `pdfinfo` is indeed 146mm × 217mm. Thus package `geometry` has done its job.

BTW, is `eccv2014kit` an ancient file, its producer entry:

``````Producer:       GNU Ghostscript 6.51
``````

I found a release date for 6.60: 2000-12-31
The current version is 9.10!

Is the TeX distribution has the same age, then update, then it should work, if the correct option settings are given to `geometry`, and the question can be closed as "off topic because of old software".

• Well, I use a newer version of TeX, not from 2000. And, I just checked my papersizes: for `pdflatex` it's 5.75x8.54 inch, for `latex` it's 8.5x11 inch. – penelope Feb 26 '14 at 16:35
• @penelope: Checked out a newer version of ghostscript? Versions of `geometry`, `dvips` are uptodate? – Heiko Oberdiek Feb 26 '14 at 16:58
• @penelope in older version of geometry you had to set the driver (dvips) to get correct values. And - as I wrote - the config.ps can affect page sizes: dvips has to set them in a way that ps2pdf can't ignore them. – Ulrike Fischer Feb 26 '14 at 17:04