I just installed the TexLive 2012 from the Ubuntu Repository. After installation, I try compiling and it gives the following error:

Unable to find pdftex.fmt. 

Please let me know what is the problem?

Now I uninstalled and purged the entire latex distro, and now it is leaving packages unconfigured.

What would be the problem and what is the solution?

  • Have tou installed pdftex and pdflatex? – Manuel Jun 3 '13 at 10:27
  • I did sudo apt-get install texlive-full – Indian Jun 4 '13 at 6:16

Try this.

Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo texconfig rehash

which should gives

mktexlsr: Updating /var/lib/texmf/ls-R-TEXMFMAIN...
mktexlsr: Updating /var/lib/texmf/ls-R-TEXLIVE...
mktexlsr: Updating /var/lib/texmf/ls-R...
mktexlsr: Done.


  • Did that already. Incidentally, I actually did all that and then asked this question. – Indian Jun 4 '13 at 6:17

It appears from various documentations I found on the net that Texlive 2012 assumes no previous installations of TexLive packages for Ubuntu. Thus it is imperative to completely remove TexLive from a system, before installing a fresh TexLive distro.

The instructions for completely removing / purging texlive are given in this page. Inspite of that my fresh installation was not working. Therefore I did the following, after completely following the instructions on the above link:

sudo apt-get purge tex-common
sudo apt-get install tex-common 

and after this one can install TexLive again from the Ubuntu 13.04 distro.

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