If I run pdflatex twice on the file below the entire background is colored, if I run xelatex twice only 1/4 of the page is colored. Anyone can explain why?

                 contents={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
                 \path [bottom color = red,middle color = red!30, top color = blue] (current page.south west) rectangle (current page.north east);

 This is a test page!
  • background puts its content in a node in a tikzpicture. So you are actually nesting two tikzpictures, both using remember picture. In general this is simply problematic. See e.g. tex.stackexchange.com/a/66037/2388. I ran in various occasions into problems when doing this and so I prefer to use eso-pic if I want to place tikzpictures in the background. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 16 '16 at 7:15
  • @Ulrike Fisher, I do understand the problem is a nesting of pictures, what I don't understand is the different behavior of the same package with pdflatex and xelatex. – Paulo Ney Sep 16 '16 at 17:13
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    On the system layer they use different methods to set page nodes, execute graphics code etc, it is always possible that something works with pdflatex and not with xelatex. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 16 '16 at 17:17

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