[metapost] I cannot use metapost (mpost)

Daniel H. Luecking luecking at uark.edu
Mon Apr 7 15:35:23 CEST 2014

On Friday, April 04, 2014 6:39 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!
> >
> > 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

The message reported above was 
    sudo apt-get install texlive - binaries

It seems to have been automatically generated and it seems 
(to me) to indicate only binaries were installed. I don't know anything 
about Ubuntu, but it would seem that the non-binary portion of the 
metapost support is missing.


Daniel H. Luecking
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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