Here's the MWE for my problem:

\setmainfont{Adobe Garamond}


I'm trying to compile this using xelatex, and am including file.pdf which is PDF 1.6.

When I compile on Ubuntu using TeXLive 2009, I get a warning about the version of the PDF file:

** WARNING ** Version of PDF file (1.6) is newer than version limit specification.

but the file compiles fine otherwise.

However, on MikTeX (v 2.9 64 bit) on cygwin, I get the following message:

** WARNING ** Version of PDF file (1.6) is newer than version limit specification.
** WARNING ** No image converter available for converting file "file.pdf" to PDF format.
** WARNING ** >> Please check if you have 'D' option in config file.
** WARNING ** pdf: image inclusion failed for "file.pdf".

The versions of xelatex are essentially the same. Some googling indicated a problem with dvipdfmx, but I'm confused as to what this has to do with xelatex. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


You need to raise the PDF version of the document itself. Locate the file dvipdfmx.cfg, the configuration file of the driver program XeTeX uses, and edit the V line to be

V  6

Don't forget to put the default settings back afterwards — they are there for a reason! Instead of modifying the original file you can also make a copy in your local TEXMF tree.

  • Hmm. I found the global file and changed it. I also made a local copy. to no avail. Is there some tex config that I also need to run after making the change ?
    – Suresh
    Sep 30, 2011 at 7:35
  • @Suresh: No, it should work right away. Perhaps a MikTeX user can tell more. Sep 30, 2011 at 8:09
  • 1
    The file contains: %% dvipdfmx.cfg: Dvipdfmx configuration file %% %% DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE DIRECTLY! It will be overwritten. %% %% Run %% %% initexmf --edit-config-file dvipdfmx %% %% to edit Dvipdfmx configuration parameters.
    – djnavas
    Feb 15, 2015 at 23:32

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