[OS X TeX] i-Installer: texconfig fails

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Mon Jun 28 13:50:11 CEST 2004

> On 28 Jun 2004, at 00:32, George Ghio wrote:

I had someone with problems a week ago. Turned out he had stuff in
~/.MacOSX/environment.plist that was messing things up.

I am currently on a study trip in Cape Town, South Africa (no TeX on Mac
OS X users here probably...) at the UTC GSB. So I cannot do much from

>> Hi
>> Can anyone help with installation of Texlive on my new iMac (OS 10.3).
>> Have tried the instructions on the DVD several times to no avail.
>> Everything seems to work as expected. Install runs smoothly.
>> Texconfig results in command not found.
>> Texlive suggests < /user/local/teTex > as the place for installation
>> on Mac.
>> Is any of this correct? Have I lost the plot?
> There's a similar problem with Gerben's i-Installer which surfaced
> after the most recent system update. Kpathsea complains that it can't
> locate a configuration file (fmtutil.cnf). I checked texmf.cnf to see
> that it was not corrupt, checked my paths, reinstalled everything and
> got the same error.
>   I then went to to extreme measures - rm -rf on the whole teTeX tree
> then reinstall - and texconfig still fails - it complains that it is
> unable to fine a default application for dvi files and fails. It sound
> as though there may be something wrong with kpathsea, but I don't know
> what. I'm trying a fink install this morning - which should recompile
> everything - but if this is a known problem, I'd be delighted to hear
> some good news.

The problem here is that kpathsea has not changed in my distribution for a
long time. I am still distributing binaries from TL sources of half a year
ago or so (because TL is in flux) and it would be weird if these suddenly
stopped working.

I definitely would look into the environment, into
~/.MacOSX/environment.plist and ~/Library/texmf (move those out of the way
temporarily and try again). If command line stuff does not work, check
your PATH and the rest of your environment.

A reinstall of the TeX i-Package does not depends on what is already there
in /usr/local/teTeX (as it removes those parts that it will unarchive)
except for the texmf.local tree.

Can't do much form here.


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