[OS X TeX] Carbon

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Thu Mar 31 17:25:23 EST 2005

Am 31.03.2005 um 20:19 schrieb Luis Alonso-Ovalle:

> Running `pdfLaTeX & view' on `try' with ``pdflatex
> '\nonstopmode\input{try.tex}';open try.pdf''
> This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-1.10b (Web2C 7.4.5)
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
> fmtutil: config file `fmtutil.cnf' not found.
> I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!
> 2005-03-31 13:10:26.557 open[472] No such file: 
> /Users/sandra/Desktop/try.pdf

There are two errors, the latter one, the view command, which is 'open 
try.pdf,' is trivial: it can't work because no PDF output could be 
created in the step before.

The first error is that pdfTeX cannot find the pdflatex.fmt, which is 
needed in order to pdflatex the document try.tex. So pdftex invokes the 
script mktexfmt, which is a symbolic link pointing to fmtutil. This 
script is not able to find its configuration file fmtutil.cnf. So it 
can't do anything, no pdflatex.fmt file is created and pdftex finally 
gives up with an error message.

The reason can be that you misconfigured AUCTeX. Or you have set an 
environment variable that makes pdftex fail in not allowing it to find 
its accessories.

Can you use the shell in Carbon Emacs? Can you cd in shell into the 
directory where try.tex is? How does it work to pdftex or pdflatex in 
that shell? What is the output of the shell command 'which pdftex 
pdflatex fmtutil'? What is the output of this shell command: 'env | 
sort'? And what is the output of this shell command: 'fmtutil 

What is the contents of the *Shell Command Output* buffer when you 
invoke in Emacs: 'M-x shell-command RET env | sort'? (M-x shell-command 
RET is bound to M-! or Esc-!)


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