[tex-live] Lollipop is broken in TeXlive 2016

Vafa Khalighi vk489 at uowmail.edu.au
Thu Jun 16 03:31:17 CEST 2016

Hi Karl

lollipop is broken in TeXLive 2016. Create a simple lollipop document


This is a test.


and process it with `lollipop test.tex' and this is the error you get


This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.17 (TeX Live 2016) (preloaded format=lollipop)

 restricted \write18 enabled.

kpathsea: Running mktexfmt lollipop.fmt

mktexfmt: mktexfmt is using the following fmtutil.cnf files (in precedence order):

mktexfmt:   /usr/local/texlive/2016/texmf-dist/web2c/fmtutil.cnf

mktexfmt: mktexfmt is using the following fmtutil.cnf file for writing changes:

mktexfmt:   /Users/vafa/Library/texlive/2016/texmf-config/web2c/fmtutil.cnf

mktexfmt [INFO]: writing formats under /Users/vafa/Library/texlive/2016/texmf-var/web2c

mktexfmt [INFO]: --- remaking lollipop with tex

mktexfmt: running `tex -ini   -jobname=lollipop -progname=lollipop lollipop.ini' ...

This is TeXk, Version 3.14159265 (TeX Live 2016) (INITEX)

 restricted \write18 enabled.















) )

Beginning to dump on file lollipop.fmt

 (preloaded format=lollipop 2016.6.16)

3422 strings of total length 48580

33354 memory locations dumped; current usage is 158&33023

2325 multiletter control sequences






\font\ttxi=cmtt10 at 10.95pt

\font\ttxii=cmtt10 at 12.0pt

\font\ttxiv=cmtt10 at 14.4pt

\font\ttxvii=cmtt10 at 17.28pt

\font\ttxx=cmtt10 at 20.73999pt




2706 words of font info for 12 preloaded fonts

19 hyphenation exceptions

Hyphenation trie of length 6075 has 181 ops out of 35111

  181 for language 0

No pages of output.

Transcript written on lollipop.log.

mktexfmt [INFO]: /Users/vafa/Library/texlive/2016/texmf-var/web2c/tex/lollipop.fmt installed.

mktexfmt [INFO]: Disabled formats: 6

mktexfmt [INFO]: Successfully rebuilt formats: 1

mktexfmt [INFO]: Not selected formats: 43

mktexfmt [INFO]: Total formats: 50

mktexfmt [INFO]: exiting with status 0

---! /Users/vafa/Library/texlive/2016/texmf-var/web2c/tex/lollipop.fmt was written by tex

(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)


This is because, lollipop format should be based on Knuth tex and not pdftex. Indeed, when I look at TeXLive repository, I can confirm that only netbsd platforms have lollipop based on Knuth TeX (link tex) and all other platforms link pdftex. I believe I sent you an email and explained this clearly to you when you asked me to delete xelollipop.

lollipop is the only tex format that I use myself and this breaks all my documents.

Could you please fix this?


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