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After following the instructions on Quick Install - TeX Live - TeX Users Group in order to install TexLive on i383-linux in /usr/local/texlive of a machine running Redhat Enterprise Linux ...
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    Cannot get Texlive to work


    After following the instructions on Quick Install - TeX Live - TeX Users Group in order to install TexLive on i383-linux in /usr/local/texlive of a machine running Redhat Enterprise Linux release 3 (Taroon Update 7), I ran into the following issue when trying to "latex" or "pdflatex" a simple .tex test file:

    Code:
    ?> latex Diss.tex
    This is pdfTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.40.3 (Web2C 7.5.6)
     %&-line parsing enabled.
    kpathsea: Running mktexfmt latex.fmt
    I can't find the format file `latex.fmt'!
    I tried various combinations of "texconfig" and "texconfig-sys" and "fmtutil-sys", using such options as "--enable-fmt latex", "--refresh", "--missing", "--all", but I am still having the problem.

    I installed TexLive as user "root", but I tried the above both as "root" and as an ordinary user.

    The options I chose during the installation were as follows:
    - I removed several language-specific packages
    - I removed several of the documentation packages
    - I enabled the "install essential binaries" option [because, from its name, it seems to be essential]

    But I also tried a flat installation with no options changed (after removing the previous installation). None of this had any impact on the situation.

    Does anybody on this forum know more about this problem?

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    This was resolved by unsetting the TEXINPUTS environment variable (which had erroneously been set to point to various directories by .bashrc).

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