I'm trying to install texlive-20091107-source. I've compiled the programs and installed them in a folder in my home. I ran texconfig and got it to rebuild the filename databases. However, when I try to use pdftex to turn a .tex file into a .pdf it says:
andy:~$ pdftex example1.tex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (Web2C 2009)
kpathsea: Running mktexfmt pdftex.fmt
I can't find the format file `pdftex.fmt'!
Googling on that led me to a pdftex manual.pfd which said I should generate the format files with
pdftex -ini -fmt=pdftex plain \\dump
However, when I try that I get:
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (Web2C 2009) (INITEX)
! I can't find file `plain'.
(Press Enter to retry, or Control-D to exit)
Please type another input file name:
So now I'm stuck, going round and round in circles. Can anyone point me in the right direction towards getting latex working please