[metapost] I cannot use metapost (mpost)

John Kitzmiller jkitzm at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 02:09:50 CEST 2014

On Apr 4, 2014, at 7:39 PM, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

> On 2014-04-04 at 17:38:29 -0400, John Kitzmiller wrote:
>> On Apr 4, 2014, at 5:23 AM, - <wja.maaskant at quicknet.nl> wrote:
>>> I am trying to compose a lecture, by means of metapost
>>> figures. I use a linux computer with UBUNTU, and composed a file
>>> example.mp as is described in a paper of Andr'e Heck on
>>> "Learning Metapost by doing" , NTG vol.32,2005. When as
>>> prescribed, I typed 'mpost example' I got the message: sudo
>>> apt-get install texlive - binaries. After some time Texlive was
>>> loaded and again I typed 'mpost example'. Now I got the message:
>>> Sorry, I can't find the 'mpost' preload file, will try
>>> 'plain'. And then: I can't find the 'plain' preload file!
>>> How should I proceed to use metapost? Thanks, when you can help me.
>>> Wim Maaskant --
>>> http://tug.org/metapost/
>> You may need to add texlive folder to your PATH?
> I wouldn't expect that you have to do anything after running
>   apt-get install texlive
> If you get the error messages "Sorry, I can't find the 'mpost' preload
> file, will try 'plain'." or "I can't find the 'plain' preload file!"
> then mpost is already in PATH (the error messages obviously come from
> mpost) and something else is wrong.
> I'm clueless.  Ubuntu is a descendant of Debian and I assume that it
> inherited the Debian package management tools.  I have two Raspberries
> running Debian and everything works out-of-the-box like a charm.
> It's probably necessary to investigate the fmtutil.cnf files in this
> particular case.
> Regards,
>  Reinhard
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Or you could go the ConTeXt route: http://wiki.contextgarden.net/ConTeXt_Standalone which provides many options for metaposting.
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