to xelatex results in

Error: /invalidfileaccess in --run--
Operand stack:
   (/usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/dvips/pstricks/pstricks.pro)   (r)
Execution stack:
   %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   run   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   run   run   false   1   %stopped_push   1990   1   3   %oparray_pop   1989   1   3   %oparray_pop   1977   1   3   %oparray_pop   1833   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--   run   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   1990   1   3   %oparray_pop   run
Dictionary stack:
   --dict:770/1123(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:75/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Last OS error: Permission denied
Current file position is 64
GPL Ghostscript 9.55.0: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

on the tty. Five years ago it all went well, however. Who is the culprit and what to do? We know that the used parts (xelatex and msc) are dead, but are they already that much dead?

1 Answer 1


This is a change in ghostscript that disabled some things by default for a less trusting world, your example runs for me in texlive 2021 with

xelatex  -output-driver="xdvipdfmx -i dvipdfmx-unsafe.cfg -q -E" file.tex

the "unsafe" xdvipdfmx configuration was added in recent texlive to address exactly this issue.

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