[OS X TeX] pdflatex.fmt format file missing

Robert Morelli morelli at flux.utah.edu
Wed Aug 8 23:55:06 EDT 2007

Martin Costabel wrote:
> Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 08.08.2007 um 07:36 schrieb Robert Morelli:
>>> [robert at marconi Course] pdflatex Numbers.tex
>>> This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.4)
>>> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt
>>> fmtutil: format `pdflatex' not available.
>>> I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!
>> Fink's teTeX probably provides fmtutil and fmtutil-sys, too. 
> Yes, this is fmtutil complaining about not finding a file named 
> 'pdflatex.ini', after being invoked from pdfetex complaining about not 
> finding the 'pdflatex.fmt' file.
> Most probably neither the ini nor the fmt file are missing, just not 
> being found.
A systemwide search reveals that pdflatex.fmt is missing, but 
pdflatex.ini is present in directory

> I would first run
>   texhash
>   sudo texhash
> so that all file lists that are being used for tex's file searching 
> get updated. This often solves this kind of problems.
No effect.

What's puzzling me most about this situation is that no one else is 
aware of it. I was under the impression that
tetex was a pretty standard tex distribution for OS X and that pdflatex 
was a pretty commonplace use of a
tex system. Am I wrong, or is tex just not used that much on OS X?

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