Miktex 2.9: Problems with making formats

  • Jose Luis Ruiz

    Jose Luis Ruiz - 2012-02-14


    I've just downloaded Miktex 2.9 from ctan (dante). There is no problem with
    the installation (Windows XP Professional Version 2002 with SP3). But then I
    can't compile any file. The reason is that I have no format files dumped on my
    system (the installation procedure has not produced them).

    Then I try to build all the formats from Maintenance/Settings/General/Update
    Formats and I get the following error:

    "The MikTeX configuration utility failed. Do you want to see the transcript?"

    And transcript says:

    miktex-makefmt: Unknown engine: etex
    initexmf.EXE: The operation failed for some reason.
    initexmf.EXE: Data: C:\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\miktex-makefmt.exe

    And the same message (but with different engines) over and over again.

    If I open a windows console and try to compile any tex file with pdflatex or
    any other format, then I get the message:
    "The pdflatex memory dump cannot be found" and indeed there is no such file on
    my system. But then I cannot make such a format file either.

    I've been using miktex from version 1 at least and the last working version on
    my system was MikTeX 2.7.

    Please, could you help me? Thanks


  • U_Fischer

    U_Fischer - 2012-02-15

    What do you get if you run on a command line

    etex --version


    pdftex --version


    And how did you install miktex: basic or full version? Multiuser or single
    user mode? Which account are you using?

    Ulrike Fischer

  • Jose Luis Ruiz

    Jose Luis Ruiz - 2012-02-15


    I've installed the full version with the admin account (the only one I use).
    When I enter etex (pdftex) --version I get:

    MiKTeX-pdftex 2.9.4307 (1.40.12) (MiKTeX 2.9)
    Copyright (C) 1982 D. E. Knuth, (C) 1996-2006 Han The Thanh
    TeX is a trademark of the American Mathematical Society

    Maybe I should mention that I've installed the system on the directory
    "C:\MikTeX 2.9" (and, of course, I have C:\mikTeX 2.9\miktex\bin in the PATH).

    There is another issue I don't understand. I've also installed on another
    computer with the same version of the operating system MikTeX 2.9 (maybe a
    year and a half ago) on the directory C:\MikTeX2.9 (without spaces) and it
    works fine.


  • U_Fischer

    U_Fischer - 2012-02-16

    Do you have any remains from older miktex installations? Did you include e.g.
    an older local tree which could contain something that confuses miktex?
    Check also the environment variables (with "set" on a command line) if there
    is something from an older miktex.

    Ulrike Fischer

  • Jose Luis Ruiz

    Jose Luis Ruiz - 2012-02-16


    I've recently formatted my hard disk and installed the operating system anew.
    But your're right, I've incorporated an old local TeX tree containing font
    files and some macro tex files. I can take a look at this tree and I'll try to
    take it out from MiKTeX. I'll tell you about the results.


  • Jose Luis Ruiz

    Jose Luis Ruiz - 2012-02-16


    Now I'm at home. I've taken out the local TeX tree and I've been able to redo
    all formats and compile a file with pdflatex. All's OK. Then I've taken a look
    at the contents of the local tree and I've found a directory containing a lot
    of old format files! That was the origin of the problem. One lesson learned.

    Thank you for the support!


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