I was trying to carry out the very first and basic example in Knuth's book "the METAFONT book": I typed


and then

drawdot (35,70); showit;

HOWEVER, as the black part of the snippet show, "mf" shows

! Emergency stop.

What's wrong with this toy example??

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    That's really odd. The same version of METAFONT (in TeXLive though) works for me... – Phelype Oleinik Sep 20 at 17:53
  • @PhelypeOleinik I use Version 2.7182818 (MiKTeX 2.9.7050 64-bit) under Win 8.1 Is it a problem ? – user2925716 Sep 20 at 17:55
  • It shouldn't be... I'll ask for someone with MiKTeX to test this... – Phelype Oleinik Sep 20 at 17:58
  • see this log file: – user2925716 Sep 20 at 17:59
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    It looks like a miktex bug to me and I suggest that you add an issue to the issue tracker github.com/MiKTeX/miktex/issues. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 20 at 21:05

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