[texhax] Compiling Issue (Barbato 3-22-10)

Mary Ann Barbato msaadi at fsc.edu
Mon Mar 22 20:08:40 CET 2010

To Whom It May Concern,

I just installed MiKTEX, WinEdt, Ghostscript and GSView on my new HP laptop using TeX disks that I recieved back in 2005.

After the installation, I successfully opened a .tex document in WinEdt, but when I tried to Texify I got the following message in the DOS window:

This is e-TeX, Version 3.141592-2.2 (MiKTeX 2.4)
"etex.exe" --ini --interaction=nonstopmode --halt-on-error --alias latex *latex.
ltx \dump
This is e-TeX, Version 3.141592-2.2 (MiKTeX 2.4) (INITEX)
entering extended mode
(C:\texmf\tex\latex\base\latex.ltx (C:\texmf\tex\latex\00miktex\texsys.cfg)
./texsys.aux found

\@currdir set to: ./.

Assuming \openin and \input
have the same search path.

Defining UNIX/DOS style filename parser.
catcodes, registers, compatibility for TeX 2,  parameters,
! You are attempting to make a LaTeX format from a source file
! That is more than five years old.
! If you enter <return> to scroll past this message then the format
! will be built, but please consider obtaining newer source files
! before continuing to build LaTeX.
! LaTeX source files more than 5 years old!.
l.540 ...aTeX source files more than 5 years old!}
No pages of output.
Transcript written on latex.log.
initexmf: etex.exe failed on "latex.ltx".
cannot make latex.efmt
I can't find the default format file!
'\\fschome\msaadi$\M.BarbatoStuff\research\CycleRepPaper 2008'
CMD.EXE was started with the above path as the current directory.
UNC paths are not supported.  Defaulting to Windows directory.
Press any key to continue . . .

I get a similar message (including the last 3 lines) at the end of trying to just "Tex" as opposed to "Texify" it.  The resulting pdf or dvi is some distorted version of only the beginning of my document.

FYI, I successfully used this software on my old laptop when I installed it the first time back in 2005.

I would greatly appreciate any information you could give to help me solve the problem.

Thank you for your time.

Mary Ann Barbato
Fitchburg State College
Mathematics Dept.
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