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Re: Lost /bin/latex?

On Wed, 25 Sep 2002, Jan Nieuwenhuizen wrote:

> Igor Pechtchanski <> writes:
> > However, something did go wrong with the installation.  I ended up with
> > invalid symbolic links in /bin (e.g., /usr/bin/initex was a symbolic link
> > to "bin/tex.exe").
> Yes, that is correct.  Oh, wait a minute, to bin/tex.exe you say.
> That bug has just been fixed by the new release (20020911-1), that was
> uploaded yesterday just after you posted your message, so I assumed
> you already got the new release.  Could you try upgrading?

Maybe I should, before bringing up any more issues.  I have these problems
with tetex-20020530-3.

> > Also, any attempt to run latex failed with a '(Fatal format file
> > error; I'm stymied)'.
> >
> > This was still a problem after I completely uninstalled and reinstalled
> > the tetex packages (tetex-base, tetex-bin, tetex-extra, tetex, and
> > libkpathsea3).
> > Running 'texconfig confall; texconfig rehash; texconfig init; texconfig
> > dvips printcmd -' fixed the 'Fatal error' problem,
> This is all very strange.  Did you install using setup.exe?  I'm sure
> you know that these commands are run (and must be run) during postinstall.

Yes, I installed using setup.exe.  Maybe the format file just got
corrupted somehow...

> > but the invalid symbolic links are still there.
> What links do you think are invalid?  If it's serious, I might have to
> make a new release.

I meant the links to "bin/*" in /usr/bin...  Let me upgrade to the new
version, though, before blowing the whistle.

> > This sequence of texconfig commands is, for some reason, commented
> > out from the /etc/postinstall/, but is present in
> > /etc/postinstall/, and I assume has been run (there is
> > no log of the postinstall script invocations, is there?).
> is something very old. should have been
> run.  If it has, it gets renamed to  The setup log
> should mention running it, but there is no log, or failure indication
> during the run of setup.exe if anything goes wrong, afaik.

Ok, then.  I had tetex installed for at least 8 months now, so could have been left over from an old installation.  Oh, and
by the way, all the scripts in my /etc/postinstall/ have the .done suffix
- I was just interpolating the names...  So did run.  In
fact, I also see the log entry to that regard.

I'll try the upgrade to 20020911-1 now and report the results here.
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