[pdftex] thumbpdf & libpng error

Dok, D. van d.vandok at ecn.nl
Thu Sep 27 10:06:56 CEST 2001

> From: E GCP [mailto:egcp at hotmail.com]
> Subject: Re: [pdftex] thumbpdf & libpng error
> Ok, I got the the file pdftex-linux-20010417.zip and unzipped 
> it. I then 
> moved all these new programs to where the old version of the 
> same programs 
> were. 

> This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-14h-released-20010417 (Web2C
> (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)
> Please help, like I said, I'm a newbie.
TeX needs a format file, which is a sort of fast-loading memory dump. Such a
dump fits only the binary program it is made for. So when you replaced the
binaries, you also had to recreate the dumps.

Depending on your installation there are tools for doing this. teTeX
has texconfig.

By hand it is something like:
% pdftex -ini \\input latex.ltx

good luck,

Dennis van Dok 

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