[NTG-context] Strange format error with xetex engine on debian sid

Morgan Brassel morgan.brassel at free.fr
Sat Mar 15 17:21:30 CET 2008


Le Saturday 15 March 2008 17:01:41 Peter Münster, vous avez écrit :
> On Sat, Mar 15 2008, Morgan Brassel wrote:
> > I'm experiencing problems with the xetex engine on debian sid. I'm using
> > the official packages context and texlive-xetex. Maybe one of you has the
> > same setup and has a hint... When I try to compile a simple "hello
> > world!" document, I get the following message:
> >
> > This is XeTeXk, Version 3.141592-2.2-0.996-patch1 (Web2C 7.5.6)
> >  %&-line parsing enabled.
> > ---! /var/lib/texmf/web2c/pdftex/cont-en.fmt was written by pdftex
> > (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)
>
> Hello,
>
> If there is no xetex-format, then I get a similar error.
>
> So, first generate the xetex format:
> texexec --make --all --xetex
>
> Then, check where the format has been written (perhaps
> /var/lib/texmf/web2c/xetex/cont-en.fmt).
>
> Update the lsr-database:
> mktexlsr
>
> Check, if at least kpsewhich finds the format:
> kpsewhich -engine xetex cont-en.fmt
>
> It should find the same file, that you've just generated before.
>
> Then, you should be able to compile "Hello world!".
>
> Cheers, Peter

Thanks, Peter.
Yes the xetex format is missing whereas the pdftex one is present. I guess 
something is missing in the postinstall script of the context deb package. 
Unfortunately, I don't really know how to check it.

Anyway, I ran texexec to build the format. As root, it is written to
/etc/texmf/web2c/xetex/cont-en.fmt
which is not very coherent with the location of the pdftex format.

kpsewhich finds the format, but I'm stiil unable to compile Hello world. I now 
get the following error:

kpathsea: Running mktextfm lmromanslant10-regular
mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; 
input lmromanslant10-regular
This is METAFONT, Version 2.71828 (Web2C 7.5.6)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf lmromanslant10-regular
! I can't find file `lmromanslant10-regular'.
<*> ...; nonstopmode; input lmromanslant10-regular

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> ...; nonstopmode; input lmromanslant10-regular


Maybe I should write a debian bug report. This problem hasn't been declared 
yet. But I'm not sure how to do that!

Morgan


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