Is there a way to use the really nice way to produce latex-pdfs using latexmk in combination with the packages pdfx to produce pdf-A documents?

When I run following simple code on my Mac Texlive2013 (TexShop Editor) with Latexmk 4.31 I run into troubles. There are no problems when I process it simply with Latex Here my example:


\usepackage[a-1b]{pdfx}    % PDFA-Type A
 This is a test


Here the error:

> Latexmk: applying rule 'latex'... This is pdfTeX, Version
> 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013)  restricted \write18 enabled. entering extended mode (./Test2.tex LaTeX2e <2011/06/27> Babel <3.9f>
> and hyphenation patterns for 78 languages loaded.
> (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls
> Document Class: article 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
> (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/size10.clo))
> (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pdfx/pdfx.sty
> (./Test2.xmpdata)
> (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/xmpincl/xmpincl.sty
> (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/generic/oberdiek/ifpdf.sty)
> Package xmpincl Warning: Only pdflatex is supported by the xmpincl
> package.
> ) /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/pdfx/pdfx.sty:137:
> pdfTeX error (\ pdfobj): not allowed in DVI mode (\pdfoutput <= 0).
> l.137  \immediate\pdfobj
>                          stream attr{/N 4}  file{sRGBIEC1966-2.1.icm} No pages of output. Transcript written on Test2.log. Latexmk: Log file
> says no output from latex Latexmk: For rule 'latex', no output was
> made Failure to make 'Test2.dvi' Collected error summary (may
> duplicate other messages):   latex: Command for 'latex' gave return
> code 256 Latexmk: Use the -f option to force complete processing.
> Latexmk: Errors, so I did not complete making targets

Any suggestion to solve that problem?

  • 4
    It seems you're calling latexmk for DVI output and not PDF. Try the pdflatexmk engine.
    – egreg
    Apr 7, 2014 at 20:20

1 Answer 1


Indeed, I was missing the pdflatexmk engine. Problem solved!

For the case of a Mac this can be installed according to following instruction: can't get latexmk to work in TeXShop

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