Bug 603380 - System-wide TeX format files are not provided and are ignored if manually generated
Summary: System-wide TeX format files are not provided and are ignored if manually gen...
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: texlive-texmf
Version: 13
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-06-12 19:15 UTC by Zbigniew Fiedorowicz
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:45 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2011-06-27 18:05:39 UTC
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Description Zbigniew Fiedorowicz 2010-06-12 19:15:13 UTC
Description of problem:
TeX format files should reside in the system directory
Instead they are created separately in each users home directory in the subdirectory:
This is particularly annoying if latex files are processed by a daemon, such as httpd.  In that case TeX running as that daemon tries to create the directory /.texlive2007 or some other subdirectory of a sysetm directory,  which fails due to lack of write permissions.
In Fedora 12 and earlier this could be fixed by running the command
fmtutils --missing
In Fedora 13 this command does generate TeX format files in
but these files are ignored and format files are still generated in each users home directory.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create a tex file, say test.tex in /tmp
2.su root; su -s /bin/bash apache
3.pdflatex test.tex
Actual results:
This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.40.3 (Web2C 7.5.6)
 %&-line parsing enabled.
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
fmtutil: format directory `/var/www/.texlive2007/texmf-var/web2c' does not exist.
I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!

Expected results:
TeX format files should be in
and should be available to all users including server daemons.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Zbigniew Fiedorowicz 2010-06-12 19:57:16 UTC
There is typo in the above description
fmtutils --missing
should be
fmtutil --missing

Comment 2 Compass 2011-05-14 21:48:30 UTC
Hi Zbigniew,

Not sure if you figured it out. We had the same problem. You can use the following work around:

run texconfig-sys as root
Change something and save

It will solve the problem.


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