[pdftex] pdftex installation

Gabriel J.L. Beckers beckers at rulsfb.leidenuniv.nl
Fri Jan 18 11:52:13 CET 2002

I had exactly the same problem a while ago. What to do is described in the 
pdftex user manual (section 3.7), to be found at:


After installing the binaries, it boils down to making new format files the 
following way:

For pdftex, give the commands:
	pdftex -ini -fmt=pdftex 
, and then:
, and:
And for pdflatex: 
	pdftex -ini -fmt=pdflatex
, and then:

Make sure you do this in the proper directory, 
, in my case. I am using Mandrake too (good choice), so it will likely be the 
same for you.

Good luck,

On Friday 18 January 2002 10:24, you wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to know how should I install the newest
> version of pdftex in my tetex distibution.
> Indeed, I have the tetex distribution tetex-1.0.7-35mdk.i586.rpm
> from Mandrake, but it has pdftex 13d and I would like to
> get pdftex 14h.
> I tried to replace the binary but I have the following message
> error :
> This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-14h-released-20010417 (Web2C
> (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)
> What does it mean ?
> So, how can I just upgrade pdftex in my distribution ?
> What files should I upgrade and how ?
> Many thanks

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