[tex-live] byte-endian issue resolution fixes problem with common .fmt files

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Mon Sep 28 23:01:54 CEST 2009

Hi Nelson,

On Mo, 28 Sep 2009, Nelson H. F. Beebe wrote:
> We have one old system running GNU/Linux on Alpha (Gentoo Base System
> version 1.4.16).  It is a rather old, but stable, O/S release, and we
> plan to upgrade it later this fall.  TeX from TeX Live 2003, 2004,
> 2005, and 2007 run fine on it, but the TeX binaries from 2008 and 2009
> produce this behavior (notice the lstat failure in the second and
> later lines):

Bummer. Interestingly they were build on different machines. The 2008
binaries is (was) an old EV something with Debian/woody on it. The new
one is a SimulateLCA4 with Debian 4.0 on it.

> 	% echo '\\relax\\bye' | tex
> 	lstat(.) failed ...
> 	.: Invalid argument

No idea what has happened here. Do you have $HOME on some strange file
system that lstat-ing does not succeed?

Sorry, I built the binaries but I have no idea what that could be.

I can try some patches, but not before the weekend, I am moving tomorrow
to Japan.

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>        Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org>                         Debian TeX Group
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