[OS X TeX] How to typeset latex.ltx?

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sat Mar 4 10:05:25 EST 2006

On 4 Mar 2006, at 15:57, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 04.03.2006 um 15:30 schrieb Rechtsanwalt Friedrich Vosberg:
>> I've tried to typeset latex.ltx but it failed:
> In a for you writable directory create a symbolic link (sym-link)
> 	ln -s /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/latex/base/latex.ltx
> Then tex it.

No need: since latex.ltx is in the standard kpsewhich search path, it  
will be found without symlink:

hot-rats:~/latex maarten$ pdflatex latex.ltx
This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.30.4-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.5)
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2003/12/01>
Babel <v3.8d> and hyphenation patterns for american, british, french,  
german, n
german, dutch, latin, nohyphenation, loaded.
! LaTeX must be made using an initex with no format preloaded.
l.78 ... using an initex with no format preloaded}

? x
No pages of output.
Transcript written on latex.log.
hot-rats:~/latex maarten$

But it won't typeset anyway...

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