[OS X TeX] Mac BasicTeX2009 difficulties

David Watson dewatson at me.com
Tue Dec 15 18:18:26 EST 2009

On Dec 15, 2009, at 1:45 PM, Joachim Osnabryg wrote:

> This time, for reasons of disc space economy, I prefered not to migrate to full MacTeX 2009, but rather installing the BacicTeX.dmg (2009)  from http://www.tug.org/mactex/2009/morepackages.html  for then, whenever necessary, install aditional LaTeX packages with tlmgr.
> As Richard Koch writes in his paper "About BasicTeX-2009" from November 8, 2009:
> "BasicTeX
> contains tlmgr, the TeX Live Manager software introduced in TeX Live 2008, which can
> install additional packages over the network. So it will be easy for users to add missing
> packages if needed."
> Because all the day I'm using a somewhat extraordinary LaTeX document class (tufte-latex, handout and book), I expected having to install additional packages after need, whenever in an error message is said "cannot find xy.sty" or similar - and I did this already in about 10 cases.
> But there must be some other principal problem, that inhibits properly compiling of my (existing) .tex documents.
> Perhaps someone who already use (or used) one of the BasicTeX installation can help me.
> The last part of the LaTeX protocol when trying to compile the tufte sample-handout writes:

For the others on the list, this question came up on the google group for tufte-latex. I sent him here in the hopes that someone can explain what the issue is.
I think perhaps he has installed the BasicTeX with the misconception that he can automatically install dependencies a la MikTeX.
He simply wants to be able to compile the example documents with the tufte-handout class for the moment, I believe.

> --------------------------------------------------------------
> kpathsea: Running mktextfm pplr9d
> mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
> This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (TeX Live 2009)
> kpathsea: Running mktexmf pplr9d
> ! I can't find file `pplr9d'.
> <*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
> Please type another input file name
> ! Emergency stop.
> <*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d
> Transcript written on mfput.log.
> grep: pplr9d.log: No such file or directory
> mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input pplr9d' failed to make pplr9d.tfm.
> kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
> ! Font T1/pplj/m/n/10=pplr9d at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not foun
> d.
> <to be read again>
>                   relax
> l.44 \begin{document}
> ? h
> I wasn't able to read the size data for this font,
> so I will ignore the font specification.
> [Wizards can fix TFM files using TFtoPL/PLtoTF.]
> You might try inserting a different font spec;
> e.g., type `I\font<same font id>=<substitute font name>'.
> ?
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> But at this point, I don't know what to do.
> I would appreciate very much, if someone can give me a hint.
> I hope I understood well that most of the content of his paper "About BasicTeX-2009" describes the method of compiling the appropriate BacicTeX.dmg, not what I woul have to do myself after installing it, or not?
> Regards,
> joachim
> -- 
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