When using the crop package with XeLaTeX the cropping of the first page doesn’t work. While the following document compiles fine with PDFLaTeX the result with XeLaTeX is this:

wring cropping

As you can see the first page has crop marks but the size of the actual cropped paper. Is there a way to fix this?

% !TeX program = xelatex

\geometry{paperwidth =10cm,paperheight=20cm}



Here are some information about my system and versions: I’m running TeX Live 2015 (Intel 64bit; via MacTeX) on Mac OS X 10.10.5. I’m compiling this document with XeTeX 3.14159265-2.6-0.99992 (TeX Live 2015) and an up-to-date distribution, using the following files:

 *File List*
 scrbook.cls    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script document class (book)
scrkbase.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent basics and keyval usage)
 scrbase.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent basics and keyval usage)
  keyval.sty    2014/10/28 v1.15 key=value parser (DPC)
scrlfile.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (loading files)
tocbasic.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
scrsize11pt.clo 2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script font size class option (11pt)
typearea.sty    2015/10/03 v3.19a KOMA-Script package (type area)
geometry.sty    2010/09/12 v5.6 Page Geometry
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
  ifvtex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.5 Detect VTeX and its facilities (HO)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
    crop.sty    2003/05/20 v1.9 crop marks (mf)
   color.sty    2014/10/28 v1.1a Standard LaTeX Color (DPC)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
   xetex.def    2015/09/11 v4.06 LaTeX color/graphics driver for XeTeX (TeX Live/RRM/JK)
infwarerr.sty   2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
graphics.sty    2014/10/28 v1.0p Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    1999/03/16 v1.09 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2010/04/23 v1.9 graphics configuration of TeX Live
  lipsum.sty    2014/07/27 v1.3 150 paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum dummy text

This is how my crop.cfg looks like (it’s the one shipped with TeX Live. I have made no user-config.

% crop.cfg for xetex - JK - 2007-01-19
% This attempts to persuade crop.sty to work with xetex
% Public domain

    %% Force crop.sty to use the "pdftex" driver (i.e., \pdfpagewidth, \pdfpageheight) with XeTeX


%% End of file `crop.cfg'.

I tried to play with the drivers in a new config, these are the results:

In all cases the crop marks are shown.

  • none, vtex: all pages in the cropped size
  • pdftex: all page in A4 except the first one (see screenshot above)
  • dvips: only first page in A4 all others in cropped size

Using geometry’s showcrop=true is impossible since it breaks TikZ current page node coordinates.

  • Use lualatex instead of xelatex – user2478 Oct 26 '15 at 19:15
  • A quick-and-dirty (but functioning) fix: Insert \null\clearpage\pagenumbering{arabic} immediately after \begin{document} -- and throw away the first page... – Mico Oct 26 '15 at 19:22
  • @Herbert: I Never used Lualatex, are there any other differences to care about. How about support for microtype.sty e.g.? – Tobi Oct 26 '15 at 19:33
  • @Mico: Yep, that was my fix too, but I was hoping for a better solution ... – Tobi Oct 26 '15 at 19:34
  • The microtype package works far better under LuaLaTeX than under XeLaTeX. – Mico Oct 26 '15 at 19:40

I have the following crop.cfg. Try that.

% crop.cfg for xetex - JK - 2006-06-07
% This attempts to persuade crop.sty to work with xetex

    %% Use the "pdftex" driver (i.e., \pdfpagewidth, \pdfpageheight) with XeTeX

    %% make crop.sty believe this is valid
      \newcount\pdfoutput \pdfoutput=1

%% End of file `crop.cfg'.
  • I am as @Tobi using a Mac with TeXLive 2015 and can confirm that the crop.cfg from your answer fixes the issue. (with the crop.cfg of the OP, I get the same problem in the pdf as mentioned in the question). – user4686 Oct 27 '15 at 13:20
  • Indeed your (older) config file works. Any ideas to whom I can report this? Unfortunately there’s no contact information in the manual of crop and the last update was 2003 … – Tobi Oct 27 '15 at 13:43

It is a problem with scrbook, with book the example works fine. In the end it boils down to the fact that (newer versions of) scrbook inserts a \special at \begin{document}. One can reproduce the problem with this code:

\usepackage[paperwidth =10cm,paperheight=20cm]{geometry}
\AtBeginDocument{\special {papersize=\the \paperwidth ,\the \paperheight }}

%\makeatletter\let\scr@ifdvioutput\@gobble \show\@begindocumenthook


The code is inserted by scrbook with a \scr@ifdvioutput test, this explains why the problem disappears if one defines \pdfoutput and set it to 1. Imho the problem should be reported to the KOMA author.


A work around is to add another \special:

\usepackage[paperwidth =10cm,paperheight=20cm]{geometry}
\AtBeginDocument{\special {papersize=\the \stockwidth ,\the \stockheight }}

  • Thanks for finding that out! I’ll contact Markus to report this. – Tobi Oct 27 '15 at 14:02
  • @jfbu: I don't understand your remark. graphics loads xetex.def on my machine and not pdftex.def. – Ulrike Fischer Oct 27 '15 at 14:09
  • I posted the issue in the german KOMA-Script-Forum: komascript.de/node/1982 – Tobi Oct 27 '15 at 14:12
  • sorry, got confused by current confusing using `pdftex' graphics driver log message from crop.sty. My bad. Best would be for crop.sty to be updated rather than force it to act as if under pdftex and consequent log messages. – user4686 Oct 27 '15 at 14:17
  • good catch and fix! (deleting my earlier comment where I had erred about graphics) – user4686 Oct 27 '15 at 14:22

In July I posted this problem on the KOMA-Script Forum and was told that the new version of KOMA (3.18 and later) set pagesize=auto as a default. Using pagesize=false reverts to the old behaviour, which works correctly with the crop-package.

  • Thanks! I didn’t search the forum before posting my issue … mea culpa O:-) – Tobi Oct 27 '15 at 15:20

try adding

pdftex, % or any other renderer

in the options of the package, e.g.:


It worked for me.

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