Windows 10 (x64);
MiKTeX 2.9.7206-x64, GPL Ghostscript 9.25 (2018-09-13)
Shared TeX installation;
'animate' package 2019/08/22;
'dvisvgm' 2.6.3 (utility from MiKTeX);
2017/06/20 v1.0b dvisvgm graphics driver for latex (C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\graphics-def\dvisvgm.def)

I'm trying to compile an example from manual of Alexander Grahn :

\usepackage{intcalc} %defines \intcalcMod for Modulo computation


%write timeline file
%a gray line is added to every 2nd frame
::\thegrayline x0;253;\thescarab x0,\theblueline}
::;253;\thescarab x0,\theblueline}


This source file can be converted to a PDF file without option 'dvisvgm' by any way, i.e. 'pdflatex' or 'latex' ---> 'dvips' ---> 'ps2pdf'. Result is Ok. But after adding this option (in '\documentclass[12pt,dvisvgm]{article}') the building DVI file becomes impossible (command line: latex file.tex):

! LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .mps.

l.35 ...ine=scarab.tln]{12}{scarab_}{0}{253}

If I insert


Compilation aborted with:

! Undefined control sequence.
\pbs_pdflastann: ->\g_pbs_pdflastann_tl 

l.35 ...ine=scarab.tln]{12}{scarab_alter_}{0}{253}

Without option 'divsvgm' the utility dvisvgm creates only single svg file from DVI.
It says here that a similar problem has been solved by updating the TeXLive installation.
I wonder if someone can specify what needs to be updated in MiKTeX to get rid of this error.


File list of successful compilation, with class option dvisvgm (AlexG):

 *File List*
 article.cls    2019/08/27 v1.4j Standard LaTeX document class
  size10.clo    2019/08/27 v1.4j Standard LaTeX file (size option)
 intcalc.sty    2016/05/16 v1.2 Expandable calculations with integers (HO)
 animate.sty    2019/08/20 PDF & SVG animations from files and inline graphics
 xkeyval.sty    2014/12/03 v2.7a package option processing (HA)
 xkeyval.tex    2014/12/03 v2.7a key=value parser (HA)
  ifthen.sty    2014/09/29 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
   ifpdf.sty    2019/10/25 v3.4 ifpdf legacy package. Use iftex instead.
   iftex.sty    2019/10/24 v1.0a TeX engine tests
ifluatex.sty    2019/10/25 v1.5 ifluatex legacy package. Use iftex instead.
 ifxetex.sty    2019/10/25 v0.7 ifxetex legacy package. Use iftex instead.
 ifdraft.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Detect class options draft and final (HO)
    calc.sty    2017/05/25 v4.3 Infix arithmetic (KKT,FJ)
graphics.sty    2019/10/08 v1.3c Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    2016/01/03 v1.10 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2016/06/04 v1.11 sample graphics configuration
 dvisvgm.def    2017/06/20 v1.0b dvisvgm graphics driver for latex
zref-abspage.sty    2018/11/21 v2.27 Module abspage for zref (HO)
zref-base.sty    2018/11/21 v2.27 Module base for zref (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2016/05/16 v1.23 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
infwarerr.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2016/05/16 v1.17 Key value parser (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2016/05/16 v1.6 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Define keys (HO)
pdftexcmds.sty    2019/07/25 v0.30 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
 auxhook.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Hooks for auxiliary files (HO)
atbegshi.sty    2016/06/09 v1.18 At begin shipout hook (HO)
 pdfbase.sty    2019/11/04 v0.35 driver independent access to low-level PDF fea
   expl3.sty    2019-10-28 L3 programming layer (loader) 
expl3-code.tex    2019-10-28 L3 programming layer 
l3deprecation.def    2019-04-06 v L3 Deprecated functions
l3backend-dvisvgm.def    2019-04-06 L3 backend support: dvisvgm
l3keys2e.sty    2019-10-11 LaTeX2e option processing using LaTeX3 keys
graphicx.sty    2017/06/01 v1.1a Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)

closed as off-topic by AlexG, Stefan Pinnow, Cragfelt, BambOo, Tiuri Nov 8 at 17:19

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  • I have an error too, but not the same: ! LaTeX Error: File ifxetex.sty not found. – AndréC Nov 3 at 17:57
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    @AndréC According to the animate manual, you need to process scarab.mp with mpost --tex=latex first. It creates the missing .mps files. – Martin Nov 3 at 19:31
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    @AndréC Repository version of pdfbase.sty is needed. View SVG here. Note that Firefox is too slow, use Chrome or Chromium instead. – AlexG Nov 4 at 14:00
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    Many thanks to @AlexG and @Martin for their help! The problem was created by the absence of a variable prologues in my old Metapost file. It's not related to MiKTeX. It was a very difficult investigation... Thnks! – nailer Nov 6 at 20:41
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the problem it addresses was caused by using an old package version. – AlexG Nov 8 at 10:07