[OS X TeX] Compiled pdftex formats under TL 2004

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Nov 10 15:47:47 EST 2004

On 11/10/04 2:22 PM, "Herb Schulz" <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> On 11/10/04 1:54 PM, "Ludger Hentschel" <hentschel at simon.rochester.edu>
> wrote:
>> I just updated my TeX installation using i-Installer. I think I now
>> have TL 2004.
>> Following the update, I can no longer use compiled pdftex formats.
>> I can compile formats using "pdftex -ini format.tex" without error.
>> I can "\include format.tex" in my document and then typeset the
>> document without error.
>> I cannot typeset my document using the pre-compiled format. It does
>> not matter whether I say "pdftex -fmt format file.tex" on the command
>> line or run pdftex on the file with "%&format" in the first line. In
>> either event, pdftex chokes on the first macro defined by my format:
>> pdftex Paper.tex
>> This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3)
>> output format initialized to PDF
>> entering extended mode
>> (./Paper.tex
>> (/Users/ludgerhentschel/Library/texmf/tex/My TeX Inputs/lucida10_s.tex
>> ! Undefined control sequence.
>> l.1 \quoteoff
>> I have moved the compiled format into the directory with the document
>> and get the same errors. There is no indication that pdftex fails to
>> find the format file.
>> Any ideas for how to fix this?
>> Thank you,
>> Ludger
> Howdy,
> I don't know if this will solve the problem but try putting the format.fmt
> file into ~/Library/texmf/web2c/ and do use the '-fmt format' option for
> pdftex.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)

Sigh... One other thing... TeX, being a UNIX program doesn't particularly
like directory names with spaces, like /My TeX Inputs/, although I don't
think that's a problem here. Running

'kpsewhich -progname=pdftex -show-path=.fmt' gave me the output


so it should be able to find the .fmt file in the same directory as the
original file. The second location is where I always store my special

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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