[OS X TeX] Pretest mactex-20240213

Ettore Aldrovandi ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu
Fri Feb 23 06:38:54 CET 2024

> On Feb 22, 2024, at 09:27, John Collins <jcc8 at psu.edu> wrote:
> On 2/22/24 8:03 AM, Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX wrote:
>>> On Feb 22, 2024, at 6:00 AM, Alain Matthes via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:
>>> I have installed mactex 2024 pretest but I have a problem.
>>> I tried it with a simple  document. (compilation with lualatex.
>>> ...
>>> and I get  a FATAL error :
>>> ....
>>> luaotfload | load :     × "...024/texmf-dist/tex/luatex/luaotfload/luaotfload-i
>>> nit.lua:301: system : no writeable cache path, quiting"....024/texmf-dist/tex/lu
>>> atex/luaotfload/luaotfload-init.lua:301: system : no writeable cache path, quiti
>>> ng
>>> stack traceback:
>>> [C]: in function 'error'
>>> ———————————————
>> Did you do an update after the install?
> >
>> ...
>> Maybe try to create ~/Library/texlive/2024/texmf-var and try again. Note that ~/Library is the library folder in you HOME folder, NOT /Library which is the Libreary folder at the root of your HD/SSD. Also note that ~/Library/texlive may already be created from a previous year's distribution.
> The solution is definitely to create the directory ~/Library/texlive/2024/texmf-var.  This directory is needed for lualatex for it to write its font cache files.
> In previous years' versions of TeXLive, the corresponding directory was created automatically when lualatex is run.  But in TeXLive 2024, there's a bug such that the directory isn't automatically created, so you have to create it manually.  This is still true after the latest updates, done just before I sent this e-mail.

Do you own the TeXLive directory, or is it owned by root:wheel? I own mine and the cache was created in $TEXMFSYSVAR even before the update


Ettore Aldrovandi
Department of Mathematics
Florida State University

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