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since upgrading ubuntu 12.04 to ubuntu 14.04 the compilation of .tex-files in Kile does not work anymore. Everytime when I try to do 'PDFLatex' I get the following error:

[PDFLaTeX] finished with exit code 1 Cannot open log file; did you run LaTeX?

The output is:

*****  
*****     PDFLaTeX output:   
*****     cd "/home/myName"  
*****     pdflatex -interaction=nonstopmode BA.tex  
*****  
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013/Debian)  
restricted \write18 enabled.  
---! /home/myName/.texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/pdflatex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool  
(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied) `

I tried to uninstall and reinstall Kile, but that didn't help. I get the error for every document, so the problem is not caused by 'BA.tex'. I don't really know what causes the error. Does anyone of you has a suggestion?

  • > myName/.texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/pdflatex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool I'm not familiar with ubuntu, but the message says that you have to regenerate your personal format files. Can you try fmtutil --all ? – Akira Kakuto Jul 18 '15 at 9:07
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Possible duplicate question of TeX Live error on Ubuntu 10.04: pdflatex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool.

You should try deleting the folder. It's only a var directory, it shoud do no harm.

  • Thank you for the link, removing .texmv-var solved my problem. – mb1234 Jul 19 '15 at 9:27

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