[OS X TeX] Beamer problems - mktexmf?

Jo Willmott jcw25 at cam.ac.uk
Thu May 8 02:08:51 EDT 2008

With many thanks to Dick Koch who emailed me about this off-list - we  
worked out that the problem was only occurring when I used texmaker,  
not when I used texshop. And it was actually the other files in the  
folder the .tex file came from causing this problem. Originally I  
thought it was the .bb files (files I had needed with miktex as  
bounding boxes for the .jpgs included in the file), but now think it  
was the 'thumbs.db' file created by Windows to display icons in the  
folder view. With that deleted my problems disappeared.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions, Axel.

Best wishes,
On 7 May 2008, at 20:00, macosx-tex-request at email.esm.psu.edu wrote:

> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 03:51:49 -0500
> From: "Axel E. Retif" <axel.retif at mac.com>
> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] Beamer problems - mktexmf?
> To: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>
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> On  6 May, 2008, at 12:54, Jo Willmott wrote:
>> I have just set up a new Mac with MacTex 2007. I've previously been
>> on a PC, using MikTex. I've transferred across my files and am
>> having some problems. I've tried looking for answers but am not
>> finding any, so wonder if any of you can help.
>> The main problem has to do with Beamer. It is having difficulty
>> with various fonts, mainly large or italic Greek fonts and also
>> certain symbols (eg \XSolidBrush).
> Can you provide a minimal non-working example, so we can test it?
> Your preamble and one frame would be enough.
> [...]
>> I found this fix, but it seems only to apply to Windows users.
>> 	The Windows TeX programs do not invoke mktexmf by default. Thus,
>> for instance, the lh 	fonts to support Cyrillic will not be found.
>> One workaround is to make these settings in your texmf.cnf
>> (kpsewhich texmf.cnf should find the file, and searching for
>> MKTEXMF will find the section; some commented-out assignments are
>> present):
>> 	MKTEXPK = 1
>> 	MKTEXMF = 1
>> 	MKTEXTFM = 1
>> 	MKTEXFMT = 1
>> I searched for the file (texmf.cnf), but can't find it (using
>> Terminal locate).
> Your locate database hasn't been built yet (at least up to OS X 10.4,
> it builds on Saturdays at 03:15, provided, of course, your machine is
> on).
> Now ---I **definitely wouldn't change** texmf.cnf, but you can find
> it with
> find /usr/local/texlive -name texmf.cnf
> or
> kpsewhich texmf.cnf
> In Terminal.app try `` man find '' and `` texdoc kpathsea ''.
> Best,
> Axel

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