[OS X TeX] TexShop suddenly can't find pdflatex.fmt (even though it's there)

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Sep 10 19:15:24 CEST 2008

On Sep 10, 2008, at 11:56 AM, Nathaniel Pearson wrote:

> Hi Herb,
> I've tried changing the preferences typesetting path to
> /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/, and then copying a  
> couple
> of files into the same path, e.g. pdflatex, from the /powerpc-darwin
> directory in texlive 2007, as well as a style file that I need, from  
> the
> /texmf (rather than /texmf-var) directory.  It looks like kpathsea  
> still
> can't find pdflatex.fmt, and can't find mktexfmt in order to make it.
> Any insight?  Thanks,
> Nathan


The path setting should be /usr/texbin since that is a link to the  
proper binaries. TAke a look in System Preferences->TeX Distribution  
and see that your TeXLive-2007 is chosen since that seems to be what  
you are using from the information above. If you have  
TeXLive(MacTeX)-2008 installed you'll have a choice so try to toggle  

Also, do you have a .texlive2007 folder (hidden in Finder --- use ls - 
a in Terminal) in your HOME folder? If so, is there a texmf-var/web2c  
folder inside that? If so, remove it and see what happens.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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