[tex-live] tlmgr error, 'command mpost not found'

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 15:11:57 CET 2009

On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 8:51 AM, Stephen Moye <stephenmoye at mac.com> wrote:

> I tried
>        tlmgr update --all
> this morning and got this error message:
> %%%
> updmap: Done.
> regenerating fmtutil.cnf
> running fmtutil-sys --missing
> fmtutil: running `mpost -ini   -jobname=mfplain -progname=mfplain
> -translate-file=cp227.tcx mfplain.ini' ...
> /usr/texbin/fmtutil: line 317: mpost: command not found

Things disappearing unexpectedly can result from disk problems (hardware
errors, power glitches, lack of space).    The first thing to do is
make sure the
filesystem is not corrupted.

You appear to be using MacOSX and MacTeX.  I'm not near a Mac, so I'll
give some
data for ARCH=i386-linux, while you have ARCH=universal-darwin.

$ tlmgr show bin-metapost
Package:    bin-metapost
Category:   TLCore
ShortDesc:  A development of MetaFont that generates PostScript output.
LongDesc:   A tool based on MetaFont for producing precise technical
illustrations, creating scalable PostScript instead of bitmaps.
Installed:  Yes
Revision:   10693
Collection: collection-metapost

$ tlmgr show bin-metapost.i386-linux
Package:    bin-metapost.i386-linux
Category:   TLCore
ShortDesc:  binary files of bin-metapost for i386-linux
Installed:  Yes
Revision:   10693
Collection: bin-metapost

This information is stored in /usr/loca/texlive/2008/tlmgr/texlive.tlpdb.

You also want to examine /usr/loca/texlive/2008/texmf-var/web2c/tlmgr.log for
entries mentioning metapost.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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