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October 26th, 2007, 01:54 AM

I just installed Ubuntu 7.10. All went very well.
However when installing (all) the livetex packages
I have a bad problem.

latex file.tex

This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.40.3 (Web2C 7.5.6)
%&-line parsing enabled.
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
I can't find the format file `latex.fmt'!

I thought this was a packaging problem but then I installed
teTeX from source and got a similar error.

This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.4)
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
fmtutil: format `latex' not available.
I can't find the format file `latex.fmt'!

Are there any pointers. I am a scientist and I really need TeX!


October 26th, 2007, 01:23 PM
I have Gutsy running fine with LaTeX (texlive), so I don't know what the problem is. I found:

$locate latex.fmt

Do you have those? I can't think of much to do though, except a broader google-search for the problem.

October 26th, 2007, 11:37 PM

After your reply I became convinced that there was something
wrong with my setup. After a while I found out what it was.

I had a hardcoded TEXINPUTS variable in my .bashrc. Since
texlive has different installation directories from tetex this
caused the postinstall scripts to fail. So I ended up with a broken install.

I tried uninstalling texlive and reinstalling but for reasons I don't understand this did not work.

Since I did not succeed in rectifying the situation I did a fresh Gutsy
install and lo and behold texlive seems to have installed now
without problems.

Thanks for your feedback,

February 23rd, 2008, 06:25 PM
I recently had a similar problem (see http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=4388869#post4388869). texlive would install, but the latex.fmt file would not be anywhere on the system.

It turned out that I had to *not* set TEXINPUTS when installing livetex. Commenting out the relevant lines in my .cshrc caused texlive to install properly with the latex.fmt file in /var/lib/texmf/web2c.