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I have format Finnish.fmt it works on TeX like:

tex --fmt=Finnish letter.tex

On pdftex i get:

pdftex --fmt=Finnish letter.tex

error:
---! Finnish.fmt was written by tex
(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

what can be the challenge? can this be remedied.

I am running linux on 64 bit debian

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    you must have made Finish.fmt with something like tex --ini Finish you need to make a pdffinish.fmt with something like pdftex --ini --jobname=pdffinish Finish then specify pdffinish as your format – David Carlisle Jan 31 '17 at 0:53
  • I've never heard of a Finnish.fmt. What's the problem you are trying to solve? – Martin Schröder Jan 31 '17 at 9:13
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    Finnish.fmt is a format I made with finnish hyphenation and the characters of öä and ÖÄ from finnish linux and windows keyboard. – Hannu Rouhiainen Jan 31 '17 at 12:35
  • @HannuRouhiainen: So what's the problem you are trying to solve and why do you need a special format for that (and can not use e.g. LuaLaTeX)? Note that special formats might make your documents unportable. – Martin Schröder Jan 31 '17 at 12:57
  • David, could you make your comment into an answer as suggested by samcarter. – Hannu Rouhiainen Jan 31 '17 at 19:41
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Format files are binary memory dumps that are closely tied to the engine they have been created with, so you would need a format file created by pdftex. But I strongly suggest that you don't import some binary blob from somewhere on the internet but instead create it yourself.

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pdftex format needs to be done with pdftex, like David Carlisle suggested in his comment:

you need to make a pdffinish.fmt with something like pdftex --ini --jobname=pdffinish Finish then specify pdffinish as your format

This resolved my problem.

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