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I've been using Texmaker on Ubuntu 12.04 for a while now. I've editing several documents and especially resumes. However, I've recently been experiencing several problems with LaTex and Texmaker, starting from the upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10.

Every time I try to run the file, I have the same error message :

! LaTeX Error: File `roman.sty' not found.
Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed,
or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)
Enter file name:
! Emergency stop.
<read *>
l.3 \moderncvtheme[grey,roman]{classic}
*** (cannot \read from terminal in nonstop modes)
Here is how much of TeX's memory you used:
3985 strings out of 493485
55137 string characters out of 3143526
154265 words of memory out of 3000000
7282 multiletter control sequences out of 15000+200000
4403 words of font info for 15 fonts, out of 3000000 for 9000
957 hyphenation exceptions out of 8191
42i,0n,53p,787b,152s stack positions out of 5000i,500n,10000p,200000b,50000s
! ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

This problem really just started when I upgraded Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10. During the installation process, I've been notified about "some packages" removal but I don't know which ones. I've tried to remove all the .tex files and packages I have and performed a new installation. The problem is still the same.

Here is a relevant part of my LaTeX document for where it errors out on:



I've also asked this question on Tex.se

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It appears that you're using a non-existent option roman to the classic theme of moderncv here:


Unfortunately, the homepage of moderncv at CTAN does not provide any real documentation. The only piece available about it is in the example template file. It is not mentioned as a valid option in there.

In Ubuntu 12.04 there was also no roman.sty file available, so that makes me believe you might have had a local roman.sty file in the local directory some earlier time. While 12.10 upgraded TeXLive from the 2009 version to 2012, I really believe this is not the root cause for your issue.

I also believe you should ask this on Tex.SE for the specific use of this LaTeX package.

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Hello, Thanks a lot for the help. Since the same code was working properly before I upgraded (didn't do any changes meanwhile; that's actually what I wanted to do when I had this trouble) to 12.10, I can't really explain what went wrong. I'll check on Tex.se Thanks again for everything :-) –  Marius Jan 12 '13 at 15:21
@Marius, did you find a solution? If so, could you post it here for people like me who are encountering the same problem. Thanks! –  ChrisR Mar 21 '13 at 7:46
@ChrisR, no not really. I just followed the instructions given by gertvdijk after reinstalling TexMaker and my LaTex packages (not that I needed to but just to be sure). I don't have that problem anymore but I can't really tell you how it got solved! Sorry I can't be more helpful :-( –  Marius Mar 21 '13 at 11:20
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I am happy to find and share a very simple workaround. I downloaded all the .sty files and moderncv.cls file from the following link:


And kept all those files in the directory where my cv.tex file is kept.

Amazingly, compiling with pdflatex this time produced my cv.pdf with NO ERRORS :)

I hope it will work for others as well.

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