I am using auctex in Emacs, and upon running Preview->Buffer (C-c C-p C-b), what happens is:

  1. Triangles with red borders and white interiors replace every math formula
  2. A white and empty Ghostscript command prompt pops up
  3. Back in Emacs, the bottom line suggests "Type 'C-c C-l' to display results of compilation."
  4. So I do "C-c C-l", and I see many sections like

[6] !Preview: Snippet 7 started. <-><-> l.49 \item An observer can go from $p$ to $q$ !Preview: Snippet 7 ended. (338603+152916x386477). <-><->

It ends with

Output written on _region_.dvi (35 pages, 7212 bytes). Transcript written on _region_.log.

TeX Output exited as expected with code 1

Preview-DviPS finished at Sun Jul 3 00:47:34 Running `Preview-Ghostscript' with ``"c:\Program Files\gs\gs9.19\bin\gswin64.exe" ^"-dOutputFile=^(_region_.prv/tmp6592tSU/pr1-^%d.png^)^" "-q" "-dDELAYSAFER" "-dNOPAUSE" "-DNOPLATFONTS" "-dPrinted" "-dTextAlphaBits=4" "-dGraphicsAlphaBits=4" "-sDEVICE=png16m" "-r103.431x103.742"''

After this, if I close the white Ghostscript command prompt, then the buffer updates and says that Ghostscript exited abnormally with code 255.

What should I do to solve this problem?

1 Answer 1


I found the solution to my problem: My Ghostscript executables are located at C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.19\bin, and it happens that gs9.19 installs two executables, one called gswin64, the other called gswin64c. Initially, in my .emacs file, I had

(setq preview-gs-command (executable-find "gswin64"))

which produced the errors that I described above, whereas if I changed it to "gswin64c", then the LaTeX symbols appear correctly in the preview. I'm not sure what the difference is between gswin64 and gswin64c.

  • To quote ghostscript documentation Section 4.2, "General Windows configuration", GSWIN64C.EXE Ghostscript as a 64-bit Windows command line program. This is usually the preferred executable. and GSWIN64.EXE 64-bit Ghostscript using its own window for commands
    – gboffi
    Jul 18, 2016 at 13:24

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