This minimal example produces an error (undefined control sequences):

% !TEX TS-program = pdflatexmk






Once the tikz package is removed, it compiles fine. Removing either usepackage commands allows the program to compile. Moreover, including both, but adding the [active] option to preview allows the script to compile.

I've pasted the log file here.

  • I looked at the documentation. if I call preview.sty with \usepackage[active]{preview}, it does run.
    – sgmoye
    Sep 22, 2014 at 13:25
  • @sgmoye: as I noted in the post, calling with active runs, but preview should work without.
    – TSGM
    Sep 22, 2014 at 13:49
  • @UlrikeFischer: forgive for the question, but I can't seem to locate the pfgutil-latex.def file I'm supposed to edit.
    – TSGM
    Sep 22, 2014 at 13:50
  • Run kpsewhich pgfutil-latex.def on the command line. Sep 22, 2014 at 13:57

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Ulrike Fischer has noted that this is a current bug report listed here and here. I include a short guide so as to preserve the suggested solution.

Run kpsewhich pgfutil-latex.def on the command line to detect the location of the def file. Search for an \AtBeginDocument command that addresses the preview package. Change the previous codeblock to the following:

% Ok, package loaded. Swap definitions of everyshi.sty's shipout
% and preview.sty's shipout:
\let\shipout\@EveryShipout@Org@Shipout%This is the null version of \shipout, created by preview and saved by everyshi
\let\@EveryShipout@Org@Shipout\pr@shipout% This is the original shipout

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