[OS X TeX] Mac BasicTeX2009 difficulties

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Dec 16 00:29:40 CET 2009

On Dec 15, 2009, at 5:18 PM, David Watson wrote:

> On Dec 15, 2009, at 1:45 PM, Joachim Osnabryg wrote:
>> This time, for reasons of disc space economy, I prefered not to migrate to full MacTeX 2009, but rather installing the BacicTeX.dmg (2009)  from http://www.tug.org/mactex/2009/morepackages.html  for then, whenever necessary, install aditional LaTeX packages with tlmgr.
>> As Richard Koch writes in his paper "About BasicTeX-2009" from November 8, 2009:
>> "BasicTeX
>> contains tlmgr, the TeX Live Manager software introduced in TeX Live 2008, which can
>> install additional packages over the network. So it will be easy for users to add missing
>> packages if needed."
>> Because all the day I'm using a somewhat extraordinary LaTeX document class (tufte-latex, handout and book), I expected having to install additional packages after need, whenever in an error message is said "cannot find xy.sty" or similar - and I did this already in about 10 cases.
>> But there must be some other principal problem, that inhibits properly compiling of my (existing) .tex documents.
>> Perhaps someone who already use (or used) one of the BasicTeX installation can help me.
>> The last part of the LaTeX protocol when trying to compile the tufte sample-handout writes:
> For the others on the list, this question came up on the google group for tufte-latex. I sent him here in the hopes that someone can explain what the issue is.
> I think perhaps he has installed the BasicTeX with the misconception that he can automatically install dependencies a la MikTeX.
> He simply wants to be able to compile the example documents with the tufte-handout class for the moment, I believe.
>> --------------------------------------------------------------
>> kpathsea: Running mktextfm pplr9d
>> mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
>> This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (TeX Live 2009)
>> kpathsea: Running mktexmf pplr9d
>> ! I can't find file `pplr9d'.
>> <*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
>> Please type another input file name
>> ! Emergency stop.
>> <*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
>> Transcript written on mfput.log.
>> grep: pplr9d.log: No such file or directory
>> mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d' failed to make pplr9d.tfm.
>> kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
>> ! Font T1/pplj/m/n/10=pplr9d at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not foun
>> d.
>> <to be read again>
>>                  relax
>> l.44 \begin{document}
>> ? h
>> I wasn't able to read the size data for this font,
>> so I will ignore the font specification.
>> [Wizards can fix TFM files using TFtoPL/PLtoTF.]
>> You might try inserting a different font spec;
>> e.g., type `I\font<same font id>=<substitute font name>'.
>> ?
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> But at this point, I don't know what to do.
>> I would appreciate very much, if someone can give me a hint.
>> I hope I understood well that most of the content of his paper "About BasicTeX-2009" describes the method of compiling the appropriate BacicTeX.dmg, not what I woul have to do myself after installing it, or not?
>> Regards,
>> joachim
>> -- 
>> Mac BacicTeX 2009 - TeXShop 2.29 - LyX 1.6.5
>> MacBook Pro intel OSX 10.4.11 Tiger


There is a missing font. Not sure how to tell tlmgr (or TLU) what to install.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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