Bug 739643 - texlive 2010 systemic problem - I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!
Summary: texlive 2010 systemic problem - I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: texlive
Version: 14
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-09-19 17:34 UTC by D. Wagner
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:53 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-08-16 13:36:12 UTC

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Description D. Wagner 2011-09-19 17:34:12 UTC
Description of problem:

I did a yum upgrade of some texlive 2010 packages.  Now I get the following error when trying to run pdflatex:

kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!

I'd note that it feels like this happens every darn time that yum upgrades a bunch of texlive packages.  This has been reported multiple times before (see the comments in bug #578426, bug #590043, bug #447062), but the reports keep getting ignored and closed.

This is widely discussed on the Internet, and the recommended fix everyone suggests is to reinstall texlive.

It seems clear there is some systemic problem in Texlive.  This problem has been present for years without being fixed.  There also appears to be some systemic shortcoming in the bug triaging process, which causes these bug reports to be repeatedly closed despite the fact that the bug remains present.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


This is a fully up-to-date installation of texlive 2010.

Comment 1 D. Wagner 2011-09-19 17:38:39 UTC
Things that don't fix the problem:

$ rm -rf ~/.texlive*
# fmtutil-sys --all
# yum reinstall texlive-pdftex-def
# yum reinstall texlive-pdftex-bin
# yum reinstall texlive-pdftex
# yum reinstall texlive-latex-bin-bin
# yum reinstall texlive-release
# yum reinstall texlive


# locate pdflatex.fmt

gives no output.

Comment 2 D. Wagner 2011-09-20 05:32:32 UTC
Other steps that don't fix the problem:

# yum reinstall 'texlive*'
# rpm -e --nodeps texlive-tetex
# yum -y install texlive-tetex
# rpm -e --nodeps texlive-kpathsea-lib.i686 texlive-kpathsea-lib.x86_64
# yum -y install texlive-kpathsea-lib.i686 texlive-kpathsea-lib.x86_64
# fmtutil
# fmtutil-sys
# texlinks -v
# updmap
# updmap-sys

What else haven't I tried?

Comment 3 Jindrich Novy 2011-09-21 09:26:35 UTC
Please note this message:


Fedora TeX Live now use branched repositories from upstream and fixed updating scheme so things like missing fmt files shouldn't happen any more.

Problems may arise if you update from older versions of TeX Live 2010 where post-install scriptlets could cause havoc or e.g. updmap.cfg was already in inconsistent state.

Please remove the old installation completely and install it again without updating from the previous versions. Thanks.

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