[OS X TeX] pdflatex fails...'kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt'
bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Aug 16 11:32:21 CEST 2006
Le 16 août 06 à 02:18, Andreas Duus Pape a écrit :
> Hello. I get this error on a fresh-out-of-the-box reinstall of the
> big Mac-Tex download. Any suggestions? Thanks.
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
> fmtutil: running `pdfetex -ini -jobname=pdflatex -
> progname=pdflatex -translate-file=cp227.tcx *pdflatex.ini' ...
> fmtutil: /Users/apape/Library/texmf/web2c/pdflatex.fmt installed.
This might be again the problem of foo vs. foo-sys: it seems you have
a mixture of system-wide and per-user setup.
If you used fmtutil instead of fmtutil-sys willingly, in order to
create format files for your use only, in your home directory at ~/
Library/texmf/web2c/, then that's OK and the error is probably
However, if you didn't do that willingly, and you used fmtutil
instead of fmtutil-sys by simply following instructions found
somewhere on the web or in README files, then that's a likely cause
of error: in the versions of teTeX and TEXLive from about (I think) a
year ago, a backwards-incompatible change was introduced, such that
what was formerly called fmtutil has become fmtutil-sys, with fmtutil
becoming a different beast. (fmtutil -- and updmap etc. -- create per-
user setups, in ~/Library/texmf/, and fmtutil-sys and updmap-sys etc.
create system-wide setups, in /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/.)
As a result, if you use fmtutil prefixed with sudo, as the commonly
found instructions used to tell, you may end up now with root-owned
files in your home directory, implying permission problems for
standard use. Moreover, because these files live in ~/Library/texmf/,
they have precedence over /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/, so
that any attempt to change them using the correct fmtutil-sys etc.
will fail (it will write to /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/ which
won't be read afterwards).
To solve this, only one solution: remove all of (cited from a former
post by Gerben Wierda)
> The last line you have to be careful with in case you created your
> own unique formats and dumped them there, as they also end in .fmt.
> You should remove only those that already exist in /usr/local/teTeX/
and then, in i-Installer, open the latest version of the TeX i-
Package in Expert mode and select "Configure only"; when asked to
select the list of actions taking place, you'll see a last action
called IIRC "Personal setup activation" which is precisely here to
make fmtutil updmap etc. behave as they used to -- provided you
stick, when asked later to choose whether or not to activate personal
setups, to the default choice of No.
Hope this helps,
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