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Re: tetex on Vista

Erik Demaine <> wrote:

> The default installation of Cygwin tetex does not seem to have the
> right permissions for Vista to be happy (with User Account Protection
> turned on, as is default).  Here is an example of an error message:
> $ latex filename.tex
> This is pdfeTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.4)
>   file:line:error style messages enabled.
>   %&-line parsing enabled.
> kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
> tcfmgr: config file `' (usually in $TEXMFMAIN/texconfig) not found.
> fmtutil: config file `fmtutil.cnf' not found.
> I can't find the format file `latex.fmt'!
> It seems necessary to chmod -R u+w some subset of
> /var/cache/fonts, /usr/share/texmf, /usr/lib/texmf
> for latex to properly be able to build latex.fmt,
> ditto for pdflatex, and kpathsea to build fonts.
> Presumably this should happen in the initial installation,
> or somehow the permission issue should be avoided.

I also observed this, even with UAC (User Account Control) deactivated.
Windows explorer reports that some files are read-only.
With Explorer's GUI, one can un-check the read-only property and tell
Explorer to set this for all child folders and files, but after this
they were still read-only. Very strange.
Same solution helped (I did a chmod -R u+rw g+rw).

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