[scribus] LaTeX Render Frame error on export in 1.5.4 macOS

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Thu Dec 27 18:23:11 UTC 2018

On 12/27/18 12:01 PM, John K. Parejko wrote:
> Yes, I can generate PDFs from LaTeX, using either pdflatex or xelatex. Scribus even seems to be able to do so itself: the Render frame preview appears to be built correctly within Scribus, showing the rendered LaTeX in place.
> Is there a way to see the full the command that Scribus is running?
Hi again John,

You should be able to look in File > Preferences > External Tools and see the specific pdflatex command with any modifiers. Mine has 'LaTeX (Command: pdflatex --interaction nonstopmode)'
The "Object is a placed PDF" is not really an error, it's just a message. When I made a simple render frame, then saved to PDF to the /tmp directory, there were 4 files generated. One was the plain text LaTeX document, with accompanying .aux and .log files, and then a PDF consisting only of the render frame results, and finally the final PDF which incorporates the placed PDF. Interestingly, when I tried this again but saved the final PDF to another directory, I couldn't find the other three.

Can you find this find this file /var/folders/1s/x4hsw5kj4pdbnlvfw75zzkv40000gq/T/scribus_temp_render_QUKzdK.pdf?

>> On 27Dec 2018, at 07:52, Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:
>> On 12/27/18 4:06 AM, John K. Parejko wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I’m having trouble with Render frames on macOS (10.13.6). They preview ok in Scribus (1.5.4), but I cannot generate the PDF, getting an error like the following after clicking “save” on the PDF export window:
>>> Cannot write the file: 
>>> /Users/parejkoj/lsst/temp/AAS2019/poster/Parejko-AAS2019-jointcal-poster.pdf
>>> Failed to load an image : /var/folders/1s/x4hsw5kj4pdbnlvfw75zzkv40000gq/T/scribus_temp_render_QUKzdK.pdf
>>> The preflight checker also claims that the render frame “Object is a placed PDF”, which I guess the output is, but that seems misleading given the goal of the render frame.
>>> I’ve put a “Collect for output” version of the scribus project here:
>>> https://fiddlernet.net/temp/poster.tar.gz
>>> My only guess is that it might be related to the System Integrity Protection (SIP) introduced in macOS 10.11. I get the error whether I start by opening Scribus via the App icon, or by running `/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus` from a terminal.
>>> Any suggestions on how to handle this are welcome. The error message doesn’t provide much guidance.

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