More on Sanskrit Introductory

Charles Wikner WIKNER at
Thu Jul 4 07:01:57 UTC 1996

Since announcing this book a week ago, I have been flooded 
with mails about problems viewing or printing the file.

Thanks to the patient assistance of Nandu Abhyankar, the
problem has been traced to the "sectioning" in dvips: see
the attached copy of post to com.lang.postscript newsgroup 
for details.

The problem has been `fixed', and the updated files include
only the bitmaps of those characters actually used and not
the complete map of each font: this reduces the file sizes
by some 35%. The file date suffix has been changed to 
-july96-; there is no change in the text.

If ftp sites that want to carry these files contact me, I
could e-mail uuencoded versions of the zip files (about
1-Megabyte each): specify A4 or letter paper or both.
Please folks, don't bomb me: that offer is for ftp sites!

And don't ask me to post floppy disks or hardcopies around
the world, the answer is NO! Consider the exercise of ftp'ing 
over the thin wire to South Africa as character-building.

Thanks for your consideration,
Charles Wikner.

P.S. This is posted to the indology list and sanskrit-digest.

----------- copy of post to comp.lang.postscript ---------

%SectionPage: dvips/GhostView Bug?

On running a large and complex job through LaTeX and dvips, the 
latter seems to "section" the output -- this is diplayed as a 
period between page numbers (e.g. [73] [74] . [75] [76]).
When this happens, the page numbering in the .ps file changes
from the normal %%Page: 73 73 to %SectionPage: 73 which confuses
GhostView (ans possibly PSUTILS and some printers). In GhostView
the column of page numbers down the left of the screen is blank,
but you can still step through the document by clicking on next
page -- what a pain! But the HPLJ4+ prints the file as expected.

As a hack to get around this, the file was changed to 
enlarge the printer memory (?) from m 1000000 to m 8000000 (quite
arbitrarily); this removed the sectioning problem entirely.

Is this a GhostView bug? Is it a valid fix? Or (more likely) is
there something I don't understand? What is SectionPage? I don't
see it in the index of the Red Book.

Charles Wikner
wikner at

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