The question

has been closed as a duplicate of

[1] includes more low-level detail, including, crucially, the error message latex gives if you try to include a PDF, ! LaTeX Error: Cannot determine size of graphic in platform.pdf (no BoundingBox ).. I'd like to reopen [1], so that closer duplicates of it, such as

can be redirected to an answer that addresses the questioners problem in a more immediately obvious manner.

Cf. Same disease, different symptoms

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I somehow agree that [1] is good since it includes the error you get. That is a reason why dupe questions are usually not deleted, and certainly not in such cases.

Still, this is not really "different symptoms", and if one finds [1] and gets to [2] from there, the answers there it is clear that: "Oh I can't use pdf figures and dvi mode at once!"

So in my opinion, if something has to be done, an information should be added to the general question [2] in cases you need to mix PDF and DVI mode. It is IMHO better to have the relevant information at one place, and [2] seems to be quite well suited for that.

  • It's not truly "different symptoms" (though more symptoms are on display in [1] than [2]) but the point about ease of recognising what is going on with the problem still applies here, I think. Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 18:05
  • I guess that, in particular, this error message is confusing: one might think Latex wouldn't complain about not being able to find a PDF's bounding box if it couldn't handle PDFs, so one would not normally think to ask about which graphics types the DVI path can handle. There's a bit of a bendy road here. Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 18:12

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