[OS X TeX] Pretest mactex-20240213

John Collins jcc8 at psu.edu
Fri Feb 23 13:46:02 CET 2024

On 2/23/24 12:38 AM, Ettore Aldrovandi wrote:
>> 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

My TeX Live directory (and subdirectories) are owned by root:wheel.  That's 
what I get after a default installation of MacTeX, and it was the same in 
previous years.

John Collins
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