[tex-k] error msg for broken format

Akira Kakuto kakuto at fuk.kindai.ac.jp
Sat Oct 18 15:09:51 CEST 2008

> suppose a user has a broken latex.fmt somewhere. The error msg is:
> $ latex essai.tex
> This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.1415926-1.40.9 (Web2C 7.5.7)
> %&-line parsing enabled.
> latex: fatal: Could not undump 1 4-byte item(s).
> Could it be changed so that it includes the full path to the broken
> format file? It could help understanding when a wrong format from the
> user's home is used (which is probably the most common reason for broken
> formats).

Tell a user to use --recorder option and to see progname.fls:
$ latex -recorder essai.tex


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