paper options

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at
Fri May 21 15:43:21 CEST 2021

On Fri, 21 May 2021 at 14:11, Lars Madsen <daleif at> wrote:

> No idea, AFAIK it only affect external programmes. For example
> \documentclass{article}
> does not all of a sudden produce A4

Actually the setting _does_ cause pdf(la)tex to make A4 PDF. as you can see
with pdfinfo for example:

Page size:      595.276 x 841.89 pts (A4)

However it does not affect latex macros  which still makes a typeset area
targeted for USLetter unless you add [a4paper]

Conversely if your site setting is for US Letter and you add [a4paper] as a
latex option latex formats the typeset area
targeted for A4 but does not actually change the media size unless a
backend package such as graphics, geometry or hyperref is loaded.

Current LaTeX releases have l3backend loaded so we may (finally) be able to
do something about this mis-match.


> But latex+dvips might
> *Lars Madsen*
> Programmør
> *Institut for Matematik*
> Aarhus Universitet
> at math
> ------------------------------
> *From:* tex-live < at> on behalf of
> Bob Tennent <rdtennent at>
> *Sent:* 21 May 2021 15:04
> *To:* tex-live at <tex-live at>
> *Subject:* Re:paper options
> Thanks Lars. It seems "paper" isn't a tlmgr "option" but
> rather a separate "action".
> tlmgr paper tells me that a config file for pdftex is
> affected:
> /usr/local/texlive/2021/texmf-config/tex/generic/tex-ini-files/pdftexconfig.tex
> Would this include the etex format?
> Bob T.
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