[tex-live] mptopdf problem: texmf.cnf not found.

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 09:38:14 CEST 2010

On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 06:54, Byung-Jae Kwak <byung.kwak at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 6:55 AM, Mojca Miklavec
> <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:06, Byung-Jae Kwak wrote:
>>> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:55 AM, George N. White III wrote:
>>>> See the entry "A tail about the Windows Unix shells and MSYS path mangling"
>>>> <http://curiousprogrammer.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/enablers-and-obstructors>
>>>> for some examples.
>>> I am not versed in UNIX enough to understand the blog entry.
>>> But, even assuming MSYS has a problem, I still don't understand why
>>> this is hapenning. mptopdf is not an MSYS application. If I did not have
>>> MSYS installed, I would not be having this problem. Am I wrong?
>> Judging from PATH, you probably have no special version of Perl
>> installed, so it is quite possible that Perl is being called from MSYS
>> and that one might mess up some paths.
>> A while ago I had a problem on computer where ruby was installed under
>> cygwin which prevented ConTeXt to work properly.
>> You may try two things (separately, not both at once):
>> - Before you install perl, remove all the msys-related variables from
>> PATH (Do you know how to set path in bash without having to mess with
>> system-wide settings?) My guess is that it might not work at all if
>> there's no perl installed.
> Do you mean the PATH in ~/.bashrc or ~/.profile?

No, I meant
    echo %PATH%
in cmd.exe. You can set it with
    set PATH=<copy everything from the previous answer but msys-related tools>
(if I'm not mistaken).

>> - Install perl (you don't need to install it, it should be enough to
>> extract it to some folder) and make sure that path to "native perl"
>> comes before msys. It's quite possible that Perl gets installed with
>> TeX Live, so it might be enough to figure out where Perl was installed
>> and only set the path to see that folder.
> As I wrote in another e-mail, I have two perl versions installed -- one
> that came with MSYS, and another that came with TeX Live 2009.
> The perl that came with MSYS is named "perl.EXE", and the one
> that came with TeX Live is "perltex.EXE". If TeX Live needs perl, I suppose
> it uses perltex. And, on my system, the path to TeX Live comes before
> the path to MSYS.
> So, what do I do now?

mptopdf is not aware of TeX Live's perl installation (even though it
should probably not be too difficult to make it aware of it; I have no
idea how perl in TL works though).

Maybe you could find perl somewhere under tlpkg/tlperl.straw/bin/ (or
something similar). The fastest way to check what happens if you add
that into PATH (under cmd.exe) before anything else, so something like
    set PATH=C:\texlive\2009\tlpkg\tlperl.straw\bin;%PATH%
but you need to check for details (if that path exists and if the
syntax is right).


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