[pdftex] Re: multiple embedded pdf figures

Thanh Han The hanthethanh at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 05:16:36 CET 2005


the problem seems that pdftex cannot find the right texmf.cnf.
Try the following:

- build pdfetex to get pdfetex (binary) and pdfetex.pool

- locate where your texmf.cnf is:

|   kpsewhich texmf.cnf

- set TEXMFCNF in your starup script (eg .bash_profile) to
  contain the correct path to texmf.cnf. For example I have
  in my .bash_profile:

|   export TEXMFCNF=$HOME/texmf/web2c

  I copied the system texmf.cnf to
  $HOME/texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf and do local changes in this

Good luck,

On Sun, Nov 27, 2005 at 10:04:24PM -0500, ivo welch wrote:
> hi martin:  I am not sure I should waste everyone's time with installation
> problems under gentoo, because it is not absolutely necessary for me to get
> pdfetex to the latest version.  (it would be nice.)  so, please ignore this
> email if it is a big waste of your time.
> on a gentoo system, the base tetex system is 3.0-r3.  /usr/X11R6/bin is a
> hard(!) link to /usr/bin, and this is where the binary pdfetex lives in.
> Moreover, oddly, pdfetex.pool is in /var/lib/texmf/web2c/pdfetex.pool ,
> although most of my texmf tree seems to live in /usr/share/texmf (159,480K
> in /usr/share/texmf, vs the 24,420K in /var/lib/texmf).
> I have already learned from Thomas that after the 1.30.4 configure and make,
> I will get an error that bibtex.web is not there, but I can generate pdfetex
> without it, merely by
>   # cd /tmp/pdftex-1.30.4/src/texk/web2c
>   # make pdfetex
> and pdfetex and pdfetex.pool do appear in web2c.  I can then rename the old
> binary pdfetex to pdfetex.old, move the new binary pdfetex to pdfetex.new,
> and finally symbolically link pdfetex to point to the new version.  I can do
> the same for pdfetex.pool.  (The instructions tell me to just replace.)
> Then, the instructions tell me to run
>   fmtutil --all
> This is entirely unsucessful.  pdfetex.pool is not found, and therefore all
> sorts of things go haywire.  I am guessing this is because the good gentoo
> folks have moved some stuff around, and the default TEXMF search path does
> not include /var/lib/texmf .
> My Plan B was therefore to copy the pdfetex.pool file to the current
> directory (my home directory) and try again.  The good news is that the
> error message is changing.   It is now "! You have to increase POOLSIZE".
> For example,
> fmtutil: running `pdfetex -ini   -jobname=mptopdf -progname=context
> -translate-file=cp227.tcx mptopdf.tex' ...
> ! You have to increase POOLSIZE.
> Error: `pdfetex -ini  -jobname=mptopdf -progname=context -translate-file=
> cp227.tcx mptopdf.tex' failed
> (My only environment variable is TEXMFLOCAL, which points to
> /usr/local/share/texmf, so I do not think I am screwing up here.)
> So, stuck again...and again, I would appreciate help, but it is not
> important.  Maybe it helps others to see what trouble I have run into here,
> though, and perhaps learn from you how to fix it.
> regards,
> /iaw
> On 11/27/05, Martin Schr�der <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:
> >
> > On 2005-11-26 13:21:49 -0700, George White wrote:
> > > The script builds pdftex and pdfetex.   I usually edit the
> > > Build script to set the location of the texmf tree and the name
> > > of the build directory.
> >
> > The warnings about the texmf tree can be safely ignored if you
> > copy only the binaries and pool files.
> >
> > Best
> >     Martin
> > --
> >                     http://www.tm.oneiros.de
> >
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