[pdftex] Stymied making fmt files for pdftex 1.11a

Heiko Oberdiek oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de
Fri Sep 19 12:28:52 CEST 2003

On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 11:06:20AM -0600, James Haefner wrote:

> Help! For some reason, I can not generate the fmt files even though I have 
> done it a dozen times before.  Can any one help? Here's what I did on my 
> RedHat8.0
> put the pdftex.pool and pdftex binaries from 
> http://www.tug.org/applications/pdftex/ (I used the links labeled:
> "i386-linux")
> into /usr/share/texmf/web2c
> (this is the final resting place for fmt files in RH8).  Then did (as I 
> always have successfully in the past):
> > su -
> > ./pdftex -ini -fmt=pdftex plain \\dump
> this produced tex.fmt, plain.log, plain.fmt; no pdftex.fmt

"tex.fmt" is not generated, only "plain.fmt". If you want to
change "plain.log" and "plain.fmt" to "pdftex.log" and "pdftex.fmt",
use option "-jobname=pdftex".

Yours sincerely
  Heiko <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de>

PS: If you only want to regenerate the format files, then Martin's
    advice (fmtutil) is easier to use.

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