[arch-announce] TeXLive 2013 update may require user intervention

Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Rémy Oudompheng announce at archlinux.org
Mon Jul 15 03:01:01 EDT 2013

Rémy Oudompheng wrote:

TeXLive 2013 packages will be available soon in `[extra]`: users upgrading from
TeXLive 2012 will likely encounter the following error message when trying to
use a TeX engine (like latex, xelatex, luatex):

    (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

You can recognize such a situation in the pacman output during installation:

    >>> texlive: recreating all formats...

    /usr/bin/fmtutil: line 395: /usr/share/texmf/texconfig/tcfmgr: No such file
or directory

    fmtutil: config file `fmtutil.cnf' not found.


To solve the situation, the simplest solution if you did not do any changes to
files in `/etc/texmf`, is to overwrite configuration files with the `.pacnew`
files installed by `pacman`. The `pacdiff` utility may be used for that purpose.

After merging the configuration files, run the following command:

    fmtutil-sys --all > /dev/null

it should not return error messages: please open a bug report if you see any

Removing TeXLive 2012 before installing TeXLive 2013 can also workaround the

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