'Fatal format file error; I'm stymied' [attn tex maintainer]

Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Mon Apr 2 14:23:00 GMT 2007

On Mon, Apr 02, 2007 at 06:58:25AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>According to Angelo Graziosi on 4/2/2007 3:07 AM:
>> I think that these solutions:
>> should go in the FAQ.
>If you want stuff in the FAQ, then volunteer to become the FAQ maintainer
>(as it appears that no one currently wants to do that).  But I think that
>is a bit of an overkill - this message:
>shows an alternative fix is to update /usr/share/texmf/web2c/fmtutil.cnf
>to properly make etex use its own binary.  Either way (adding links or
>fixing fmtutil.cnf), I think it is the tex maintainer's job to fix this
>and release a new version of tex, rather than letting this topic recur on
>the list with the same solutions re-discovered every time, at which point
>a FAQ entry would be worthless.

That is certainly true.  The FAQ isn't meant to provide stopgap fixes for
arguably broken packages.


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