[tex-live] missing format files in texlive 2007

Winston Smith smith_winston_6079 at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 22 16:50:29 CET 2012

Hi all,

I'm trying to get texlive 2007 working on Ubuntu 9.10 (really old system, I know,
but for some reasons, I'm stuck to it and cannot upgrade).

I've installed the following deb files (for the lack of network connectivity of said
box) via dpkg -i:


When running etex (or tex) with the following command

$ etex txiversion.tex

I get the result

This is pdfTeXk, Version ....
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt tex.fmt
I can't find the format file `etex.fmt'!

And it quits. The input file txiversion.tex just contains one line
"\input texinfo.tex @bye" and the texinfo.tex file is present.

Googling around, some forums suggets to run mktexfmt to
re-create missing format files. But running

$ mktexfmt --all


$ mktexfmt --missing etex.fmt

Does not produce any format file. However, the commands complete with
exit code 0.

Am I missing out something? Why are the format files not created?

Thanks in advance.

- Winston

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