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    LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    Does anyone know what has happened with LaTeX in Lucid Lynx? I use LaTeX all the time, and just having upgraded my /usr/bin/latex is now a symbolic link to pdftex, and I get the error
    This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)
    restricted \write18 enabled.
    ---! /home/mylogin/.texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/latex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool
    (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    The problem is that your the latex.fmt file in ~/.texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/ is from your previous version, and so is overriding the global format that would have been created by the new installation.

    From your home directory try:

    Code:
    mv .texmf-var/ .texmf-backup
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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    You can also run

    Code:
    sudo fmtutil --all
    To rebuild the ~/.texmf-var directory. This fixed it for me.


    In addition you may need to run:

    Code:
    sudo updmap-sys
    update-updmap
    updmap
    if you have trouble with finding fonts.
    Last edited by Demogorge; May 18th, 2010 at 02:01 AM. Reason: Found a new problem.

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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    Excellent hint given by demogorge/ Within less than one minute LaTeX worked again!
    Thanks.

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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx? RESOLVED

    Yes ... thanks for the help! I was already completely removing and reinstalling everything, *and* I did what you suggested... so I'm not sure which one it was which helped. Anyway, thanks!

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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    Glad I could help!

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    Re: LaTeX broken in lucid lynx?

    I'm seeing a slightly different error with Latex after the upgrade...

    The style file ifpdf.sty conflicts with \ifpdf variable definitions in texinfo.. This breaks \includegraphics auto-extensions.

    Extrememely annoying!!

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