[tex-live] Error with TL 2015 (involving `floatrow')

Michel Goossens Michel.Goossens at cern.ch
Tue Jun 23 17:06:37 CEST 2015

Hello, I just installed texlive 2015 on windows 8.1, which seemed to have installed correctly.

The root of the tl2015 tree is in the directory  g:\Experiments\sw\TeXLive\2015

However, when I try to run pdflatex, the format file is not found and cannot be generated.


C:\Users\goossens>pdflatex sample2e

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (TeX Live 2015/W32TeX) (preloaded


restricted \write18 enabled.

kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt

The command name is g:\Experiments\sw\TeXLive\2015\bin\win32\mktexfmt

Running the command g:\Experiments\sw\TeXLive\2015\bin\win32\fmtutil.exe

fmtutil: fmtutil is using the following fmtutil.cnf files (in precedence order):

fmtutil:   g:/experiments/sw/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/web2c/fmtutil.cnf

fmtutil: fmtutil is using the following fmtutil.cnf file for writing changes:

fmtutil:   c:/users/goossens/.texlive2015/texmf-config/web2c/fmtutil.cnf

Cannot get a temporary directory after five iterations ... sorry! at g:/Experime

nts/sw/TeXLive/2015/texmf-dist/scripts/texlive/fmtutil.pl line 303.

g:\Experiments\sw\TeXLive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:659: command failed with exit code 2:

perl.exe g:/Experiments/sw/TeXLive/2015/texmf-dist/scripts/texlive/fmtutil.pl --byfmt pdflatex

I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!


When I want to run tlmgr, I also have problems, as detailed below

“tlmgr update –all” as a normal user (or as administrator, as shown below) does not get write access to the texlive directory.

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Does somebody experience the same problems?

Thanks for your help.

Regards, Michel Goossens

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