[tex-live] Fatal format file error; I'm stymied

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Tue Jul 2 10:07:34 CEST 2013

How exactly did you extend the PATH?

The addition should go at the front.

Since you do not have write permissions in /usr/local it seems that PATH is not correct.

Why don't you ask those with root access to install a newer TL?

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: tex-live [tex-live-bounces at tug.org] on behalf of Georg Graf [guruvienna at hotmail.com]
Sent: 01 July 2013 22:34
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Subject: [tex-live] Fatal format file error; I'm stymied

Dear experts,

I installed TeX Live 2013 (30. June) via "install-tl -gui" (by choosing all default values, except the installation directory)
as a user on my office machine where I don't have root access, extended PATH appropriate and for this minimal example.


I get the following error message.

$ latex test.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013)
restricted \write18 enabled.
---! /usr/local.hg/app/teTeX/current/texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/latex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool
(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

Obviously some "collision" with the system wide texlive installation, but as mentioned before, I
 have no admin rights, and therefore "fmtutil --all" did not work.

Before I had texlive 2012 installed exactly the same way as described above, which worked well.

What can I do?

thanks a lot for your help,

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