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Mikey10029
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Problems getting "Output Window"

Postby Mikey10029 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:38 am

Hi

I have never used LaTex before, but downloaded the programme TexWorks from https://www.tug.org/texworks/ .

I've opened the TexWorks editor ok, and typed in a very simple programme. But then, when I click on the "typeset" button to try to get an output window I get an error message:

  1. "This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (TeX Live 2015/W32TeX) (preloaded format=pdflatex)
  2. restricted \write18 enabled.
  3. C:\texlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:680: C:\texlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:642: no appropriate script or program found: fmtutil
  4. Running the command C:\texlive\2015\bin\win32\fmtutil.exe
  5. I can't find the format file `pdflatex.fmt'!
  6.  
  7. kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdflatex.fmt


The command name is C:\texlive\2015\bin\win32\mktexfmt"

So it seems to be looking for some other files......... but I've no idea where to get those from?

If anyone can help a true novice, I'd be very grateful.


Thanks

Mikey
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Stefan Kottwitz
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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:46 am

Hello Mikey,

welcome to the forum!

You could try to build the format or all formats. For this, open a command window (Start / "cmd") and type at the command prompt:

fmtutil-sys --all

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Postby Mikey10029 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:54 am

Hi Stefan,

Many thanks for your so quick reply....... however! I did say I was a novice, so I don't even know how to open a command window...... Where would I find the "Start" command?

Mikey

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:26 am

Hi Mikey,

it depends on the Windows version, in Windows 7 and earlier there was the "Start" button. I thin they removed it with Windows 8 and brought it back later, after user protests.

You need to find a start button somehow, or the program cmd.exe, which may be in a folder like c:\windows\system32 or so. Or press keys STRG+R.

Locating cmd.exe with the Windows explorer could be good because one could click on it with the right mouse button and choose "Execute as administrator" for having full system rights.

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Postby LonelyDeer » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Hi Stefan!
Mikey is out, so I will try to find a solution with you (if you will be so kind).

I've tried to run \fmtutil-sys --all from cmd. Here is the result: C:\textlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:686 C:\textlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:646: no appropriate script or programme found fmtutil.

What should i do?

My brief history:
(install textlive - very long because window of installer often get status "dose not respond" - then open Latex - article - Hello world - error C:\textlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:686 C:\textlive\2015\bin\win32\runscript.tlu:646: no appropriate script or programme found fmtutil)


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