Paper size

Keno Wehr wehr at
Sun May 16 20:46:08 CEST 2021

Having updated to TL 2021 I noticed that the PDF files generated by TeX 
are not always in the A4 format even though `tlmgr paper' reports that 
A4 is set.

A minimal example is:
Hello world!

The PDF viewer reports "US-Letter (216 × 279 mm)" as paper size of the 
output (equally for pdflatex, xelatex, and lualatex). The log file for 
xelatex is attached.
However, if I uncomment the \usepackage command, I get A4 output.

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