b3nton at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 06:51:07 PDT 2010
On 16/08/10 17:23, Pierre Lorenzon wrote:
> From: Andrew Benton<b3nton at gmail.com>
> Subject: Latex
> Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:07:07 +0100
>> Hello World!
>> I read an interesting article about typesetting with Latex so I thought
>> I'd try it out. I've spent a few days working on texlive, I can install
> I have been working with LaTeX for almost 20 years hence I
> can confirm that it is very powerful.
>> it but it doesn't work. Does anyone know of a guide to installing
> Hum ! can you be more precise than "it does not work ?"
Sure, when I try to use pdftex to turn a .tex file into a .pdf it says:
andy:~$ pdftex example1.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (Web2C 2009)
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdftex.fmt
I can't find the format file `pdftex.fmt'!
Googling on that led me to a pdftex manual.pdf which said I should
generate the format files with:
pdftex -ini -fmt=pdftex plain \\dump
However, when I try that I get:
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (Web2C 2009) (INITEX)
! I can't find file `plain'.
(Press Enter to retry, or Control-D to exit)
Please type another input file name:
So I gave up. I was not impressed.
> In principal, the texlive installation is straight forward and
> it should work once you have installed it. Anyway it does not
> mean that you are able to write a correct LaTeX code but at
> least that the LaTeX compiler starts. Does it or not ?
> Learning the language itself is another problem but not
> covered by the question of the texlive installation.
>> texlive? There's an interesting page in the CBLFS wiki
>> but it's a couple of years old and some of the links are dead. So I've
>> given up on texlive for now and thought I'd try tetex. Does anyone know
>> where I can download tetex? Or is that as difficult as texlive?
> In my opinion it won't be easier. Indeed to install teTeX you
> have to compile the whole stuff. Moreover I would not
> recommend the use of teTeX since this system is no longer
> maintained by its developper precisely because of the
> presence of texlive who provides all the features previously
> provided by teTeX.
I couldn't get tetex to compile; it uses getline for the name of a
function which clashes with glibc. I couldn't get past that. At least
> Anyway I have installed several generations of LFS on my
> systems and texlives everywhere and it always works. Hence if
> you have a quite standard LFS, texlive should install and work
> on your system. Anyway if you encounter problems do not
> hesitate to send me a more precise description of the
> problems and I'll try to help you.
Do you know how to create the pdftex.fmt file it is looking for?
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