[tex-live] freeze of binaries and possible format file problem

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Thu Sep 24 06:25:06 CEST 2009

Hi Nelson,

On Mi, 23 Sep 2009, Nelson H. F. Beebe wrote:
> 	(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)


> The Sun Solaris SPARC and SGI IRIX versions work fine, but I see the
> error on GNU/Linux (AMD64, SPARC, IA-32, IA-64), and Solaris AMD64.
> System call traces verify that the identical latex.fmt file is being
> loaded in each case.
> On a private GNU/Linux AMD64 system, I ran fmtutil to generate
> personal copies of all *.fmt files, and once made, latex runs without
> problems.

But this has to be done in all cases, no? We don't ship fmt dumps?
I somehow cannot check because here I(amd64/linux) I have no problems
with the format dumps.

> Can anyone else verify similar behavior?  We certainly don't want to
> burn DVDs with inconsistent .fmt files.

Do we burn .fmts on the DVD? I thought they are generated on the fly?

Could it be that you had some old .fmt hanging around in ~/.texlive2009/...?

I am honestly out of ideas here, sorry, and I don't have other archs
to test it.

Best wishes


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