[texhax] Problems with TL Build

Tomas Rokicki rokicki at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 19:56:42 CEST 2017

Well, the "I can't find the format file" is from TeX (you'll notice the
first-person usage), and the "No such file or directory" is a standard
shell message familiar to all Unix users.  The "reporter:" error message
style is not adopted by all programs.

It's quite possible I'm wrong.  I don't have a working TeX right now on this
box (stupid Mac OSX upgrade broke my existing installation and I haven't
yet had time to fix it).


On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:47 AM, Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

> Tomas Rokicki wrote:
> > It appears that mktexfmt is not on your path.  So it's not found, it
> can't create the
> > format, and TeX fails.
> Well, that may be the solution, but it is by means clear from the
> diagnostics :
> > kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
> > mktexfmt: No such file or directory
> > I can't find the format file `latex.fmt'!
> I am sure I am not alone in believing that the message "mktexfmt: No such
> file or directory" refers to the following line: "I can't find the format
> file `latex.fmt'!", since the first two lines contain a clear reporter
> ("kpathsea", "mktexfmt") whilst the last is just a bare error message which
> appears (to me at least, and perhaps also to Farhan, to be a continuation
> of the preceding line.
> Philip Taylor

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