Maxview 0.7.x binary packages on Ubuntu64, Debian64 and Gnewsense32, or building from git on Debian 64.
Command line conversion using the -p or -j options:
$maxview -p test.max
Creation of .pdf or .jpg from .max file
Exit status 0. No output.
This problem does not exist in the 0.5 32 bit binaries. (P.S. I can't find corresponding source for 0.5, but I'm useless with git. Maybe it's in there somewhere.)