[OS X TeX] pdflatex fails...'kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt'

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Wed Aug 16 07:11:04 EDT 2006

> Hello.  I get this error on a fresh-out-of-the-box reinstall of the
> big Mac-Tex download.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.
> 					--Andreas
> /Documents/Oberlin/Courses/101/Syllabus$ pdflatex Syllabus101_apape.tex
> This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.30.4-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.5)
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
> fmtutil: running `pdfetex -ini   -jobname=pdflatex -progname=pdflatex
> -translate-file=cp227.tcx *pdflatex.ini' ...
> This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.30.4-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.5) (INITEX)

This tells us that pdfetex did not find pdflatex.fmt and then tries to
make one. Both pdfetex calls call the same version.


> fmtutil: /Users/apape/Library/texmf/web2c/pdflatex.fmt installed.

The file pdflatex.fmt was succesfully generated and installed in your
local texmf tree.

> ---! Must increase the trie size
> (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

I always thought that a fatal format error tells you that the fmt file was
made with a different TeX version.

In any case I would check your /Documents/Oberlin/Courses/101/Syllabus
directory for texmf.cnf, fmtutil.cfg etc. files which could mess with what
TeX programs pick up. I would check which pdflatex is being run (which
pdflatex) and which pdflatex.fmt is being used (kpsewhich pdflatex.fmt). I
would check my environment (env) to see if this influences TeX.

Between the brackets () you find the commands to enter.


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