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tex problems

> > I spent yesterday installing Debian (dselect is very nice) and the
> > only problem I have is that texbin doesn't install. I know that
> > there have been bug reports sent to the bug list, but those reports
> > don't give the solutions. So, the big question is: how do I fix this
> > ("this" is the problem with the cmr9.tfm font not available, and thus
> > texbin chokes -> latex chokes -> psnfss chokes)? Is it better to
> > get TeTeX?
> > 
> Hi John,
> Basically, Debian has switched to tetex. The .deb packages for tetex are
> in the ./bo/tex directory of ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ . Seems to
> work quite well.

I had the same problem.  texbin needs mf, which is linked to
libXt.so.6, and /etc/ld.so.conf is missing a couple of essential lines
necessary for seeing libX5.so.6.  Edit /etc/ld.so.conf to add
/usr/X11R6/lib (I also added /usr/lib) and run "ldconfig" (both as
root).  You can then install texbin, etc, etc.

I noticed libXt.so.6 was needed in the error messages from dpkg.  I
then checked what package provided that library (using dpkg -S), and
then checked the status of that package (dpkg -s xbase, I think).
This showed me where the library was, and that it was indeed
installed.  I then tried "ldd /usr/bin/mf" (since mf was mentioned in the
original dpkg error) which showed that the library was not visible.
This suggested looking at ld.so.conf, which was where the problem
was.  (For want of a nail the shoe was lost ...)

Just an example of how round-about tracking down such a glitch can be.

Danny Heap, UCSF, 3333 California St., Room 102, SF CA, 94118
danny@maxwell.ucsf.edu, voice:	(415) 476-8910, fax: (415) 476-1508

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