[texhax] Problem with foils package install

Philip G. Ratcliffe philip.ratcliffe at fastwebnet.it
Mon Mar 12 22:15:39 CET 2007

> I've run into a problem getting an installation of the slide 
> package foiltex to run -- latex seems to be unable to find 
> the class file, even thought it's where it should be (in a 
> similar path as other packages that are running,  Program 
> Files\TeXLive\texmf-local\tex\latex\foiltex\)  I'm using a 
> slightly older version of LaTeX2e as you can see, but foiltex 
> is supposedly OK with any latex version beyond 1996.  I get 
> the same logs whether I run from the command line or via TeXShell32:
> This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2c (format=latex 
> 2003.3.15) 11 MAR 2007 11:20**sampfoil.tex(./sampfoil.tex
> LaTeX2e <2000/06/01>Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns 
> for loaded.File: sampfoil.tex 2002/10/29 v2.1.4a Sample 
> FoilTeX file, Copyright IBM 1995,1997,1998,2002 
> ! LaTeX Error: File `foils.cls' not found. Type X to quit or 
> <RETURN> to proceed, or enter new name. (Default extension: cls)
> My TeX installation has gotten a little flaky lately, so I've 
> been thinking of clean reinstalling the most recent version 
> -- does the above look like something obvious (has the path 
> setting gotten fouled up, etc.)?  Any suggestions would be welcome.

I'm not familiar with running the TeXlive distro, but have you checked that
'foils.cls' actually exists somewhere on your system?  And if so is the
filename database up-to-date?

Cheers,  Phil

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