# xelatex doesn't work properly with tikz when pgfpage with \pgfpagesuselayout is used!

I'm trying to make a fading background using tikz. It works great with pdflatex, but when I use xelatex it doesn't work properly.

As I noticed the problem is because of \pgfpagesuselayout command. I need it because I want to make a poster and its size should more and more larger than the original size like a4paper or something like that. In below example I've used a4paper just for showing the problem:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[cmyk]{xcolor}%
\usepackage{tikz}%
\usepackage{pgf}%

\usepackage{pgfpages}%
\pgfpagesuselayout{resize to}[a4paper]

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\shade [top color=yellow,bottom color=red!50] (current page.north west) rectangle (current page.south east);%
\end{tikzpicture}

\centerline{\Huge Hi Parsi\LaTeX{}}
\end{document}


the correct result that is produced with pdflatex:

and the odd result with ‍‍‍‍‍‍xelatex:

I don't know it is a bug for xelatex or xelatex driver of tikz?!

P.S. I use TeXLive2015. Someone else that tested this code with TeXLive2012 had not such a problem!

• Welcome to TeX.SX! – egreg Aug 24 '15 at 9:36
• I can confirm this is a regression from TL 2012; with TL 2013 the colored box is shifted down, with TL 2014 and 2015 the result is as you show. With TL 2012 I get the warning Your graphic driver pgfsys-xetex.def does not support fadings. that disappears with later versions. – egreg Aug 24 '15 at 9:55
• What should I do? Who can help to fix it? – javadr Aug 24 '15 at 10:47
• If it is of any help, I find that this works correctly with LuaLaTeX. – sgmoye Aug 24 '15 at 12:27
• thanks for the test with LuaLaTeX, but because of some packages,e.g. bidi, I just need the xelatex. – javadr Aug 24 '15 at 13:09

A similar output as that of pdflatex is obtained by xelatex with the following for your special example. Don't expect that it is applicable to other cases.

%
% xelatex
%
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[cmyk]{xcolor}
%
\def\pdftexversion{140}
\def\pgfsysdriver{pgfsys-dvipdfm.def}
%
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pgf}
%
\makeatletter
\def\pgfsys@papersize#1#2{%
\pdfpageheight#2\relax%
\pdfpagewidth#1\relax}
\makeatother
%

\usepackage{pgfpages}
\pgfpagesuselayout{resize to}[a4paper]

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\shade [top color=yellow,bottom color=red!50] (current page.north west) rectangle (current page.south east);%
\end{tikzpicture}

\centerline{\Huge Hi Parsi\LaTeX{}}
\end{document}

• I think pgfsys-dvipdfmx.def, which is called by pgfsys-xetex.def, should be updated by someone who knows details on tikz, xetex, xdvipdfmx,... – Akira Kakuto Jan 10 '17 at 3:50