Gyorgy SZEIDL | 2 Jan 13:59 2016

Internal error (121)

Dear MiKTeXers,

I sent you a message on December 23, 2015. (See the end
of this message.) It was my problem that I had received
the error message

Internal error (1)

when I wanted to update my 32 bit MiKTeX installation.
(Windows 7 64 bits).

Since then I have reinstalled MiKTeX32 which works

However when I started again the Update icon (as an
administrator) I got other error message:

Internal error (121)

I have no idea what is wrong. Should I always reinstall
MiKTeX if I want to update? Any help would be highly

With kind regards
G. Szeidl


Dear MiKTeXers,

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Jerry | 31 Dec 13:01 2015

Updating Problem

I am running Windows 10 Pro /64 with "MikTeX 2.9" installed.

Every time I run "Update(Admin)", I receive a notice that the following rile
needs to be updated:

"miktex-tex4h-base-2.9" with a 07-Aug-15 date and a "to be

This same scenario happens ad infinitum every time I attempt to
update the program. Am I doing something wrong or is there some other problem?



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Žarko | 29 Dec 23:52 2015

after recent upgrade, many packages doesn't work anymore

after recent upgrade of 64-bit upgrade three days ago, at many old 
files, which can be compiled before without any problems, now generate 
note (in WinEdt information window):

PDFLaTeX return <Exit code (1) indicating that some problems might have 
occurred during compilation ...

And doesn't generate output.

The log files doesn't contains any usable information. As an example of 
such logs has the following last lines:

("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\l3kernel\expl3-code.tex"
Package: expl3 2015/12/20 v6326 L3 programming layer (code)
L3 Module: l3bootstrap 2015/12/15 v6320 L3 Bootstrap code
L3 Module: l3names 2015/11/16 v6276 L3 Namespace for primitives
L3 Module: l3basics 2015/11/22 v6315 L3 Basic definitions
L3 Module: l3expan 2015/09/10 v5983 L3 Argument expansion
L3 Module: l3tl 2015/09/29 v6121 L3 Token lists
L3 Module: l3str 2015/12/20 v6325 L3 Strings

Checking a bunch of my old files, where this error occur, I observe, 
that to them is common of use package: animate, siunitx, madframed, 
tcolorboc with option "many" and "all" (packages which use expl3?).

all this files can still be normal compiled with MikTeX version before 
last. Do any other experienced similar problem? Is there some workaround 
to fix this?

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José Carlos Santos | 29 Dec 16:38 2015

New format

Hi all,

I tried to create a new memory dump file and I failed. What I did was to 
create a files, called pdfplainpt.tex, and I've put it on a directory 
which is one of MiKTeX's root directories. However, if I try to build 
the memory dump file, I get an error message. In fact, if I open a DOS 
window, if I go to the directory where the file pdfplainpt.tex is 
located and if I run

miktex-makefmt.exe --engine=pdftex --dest-name=pdfplainpt pdfplainpt.tex 
--verbose --admin

what I get is:

Creating the pdfplainpt format file...
Running miktex-pdftex.exe...
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit) (INITEX)
entering extended mode
! I can't find file `pdfplainpt.tex'.
<*> pdfplainpt.tex
Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> pdfplainpt.tex
No pages of output.
Transcript written on texput.log.

Sorry, but miktex-makefmt did not succeed for the following reason:
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Gyorgy SZEIDL | 23 Dec 17:09 2015

Internal error (1)

Dear MiKTeXers,

After refreshing my MiKTeX9 (32) bit directory by using the program


I wanted to update my installation.  According to the log file
the downloading was OK.  When clicking on the icon

MiKTeX Update Admin

I got an error message

Internal error (1)

My installation is a complete installation under Windows 7 (64) bit.
I remark that I regularly update my installation in this manner
(last time one and a half month ago)  and this is the first time for
my receiving an error message.

What might be the problem?

Thank you for any advice in advance. (Should I reinstall MiKTeX?)

With kind regards
G. Szeidl


György SZEIDL, DSc
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José Carlos Santos | 21 Dec 13:42 2015

Metapost stopped working

Hi all,

I installed MiKTeX on three different machines running under Windows 10 
and I have a serious problem concerning MetaPost in two of them. 
Whenever I try to compile any MetaPost file containing text, such as 
this one:

-------------------- test.tex --------------------
prologues := 0
   label(btex a etex,(0,0));

a window pops up saying that MetaPost has stopped working. Any idea 
about what I should do?

Best regards,

José Carlos Santos

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Ivano Arrighetta | 19 Dec 10:26 2015

can't install miktex on windows 7

hello everyone.
i tryed to download and install miktex for windows, both for 64 and 32 
bit as i have a 64 bit machine.
none works for me.
i always get an error, before or after.
i'm trying to install miktex because i wish to install lyx and the lyx 
bundle doesn't work for me.
thanks in advance for any help.

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Moti Ben-Ari | 14 Dec 12:54 2015


I tried to use "ecltree" (described in section 10.5.2 of the Companion),
but got the following error. Earlier today I installed some packages so it
is not a systemic installation error.
Thanks in advance for your help

MiKTeX Problem Report
Message: Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect.

Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\win\winMemoryMappedFile.cpp
Line: 120
MiKTeX: 2.9
OS: Windows 7 Enterprise, 32-bit, Service Pack 1, build 7601
Invokers: explorer
SystemAdmin: yes
PowerUser: no
Root0: C:\Users\weizmann-st\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
Root1: C:\Users\weizmann-st\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\2.9
Root2: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9
Root3: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9
UserInstall: C:\Users\weizmann-st\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
UserConfig: C:\Users\weizmann-st\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
UserData: C:\Users\weizmann-st\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\2.9
CommonInstall: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9
CommonConfig: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9
CommonData: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9

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Juergen Fenn | 13 Dec 00:15 2015

ngerman.ldf missing in basic install

Dear Christian,
dear list,

I just would like to provide some feedback from my LaTeX workshop I am currently running at the Frankfurt
office of Fernuni in Hagen.

I had recommend to the Windows users to download and install ProTeXt. One of my students followed the
instructions at where you will find a "Basic MiKTeX" as a "recommended download". He followed
these instructions, installed the software, and it turned out that when he tried to compile a very basic
LaTeX document loading [ngerman]{babel} we got an error message ngerman.ldf was not found. I explained
to him about the installation of missing packages "on the fly", which he understood, but he wouldn't
comply with that because his machine was not connected to the network at the time. Instead he later removed
Basic MiKTeX and then installed the complete system via the net installer; this system included the said
ldf, and now everything goes fine.

Now, even as we live in times of broadband connections getting ever broader, I still think it is a good idea to
provide a small subset of a TeX system. Period.

However, I think, the files that go with _required_ packages should not be excluded from a basic system. I
was rather surprised to see the error message, and I don't think this was a mistake warranting a bug report,
rather this was intended to be like that, wasn't it?

In conclusion I would recommend that you please rethink your policy of what makes a basic system. ;)

Apart from that, there were no more problems arising in the workshop. MiKTeX still seems to be a smooth TeX
distribution for beginners on MS Windows platforms 7 to 10. So, thanks to you and keep up the good work. I
have been using MacTeX for such a long time that I cannot comment any more from my own experience.

Best regards,
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Problems starting MiKTeX Portable from USB

Good morning to everyone,
I’m trying to create a portable installation on USB of MiKTeX on an USB
(an USB 3.0 8GB Kingston flash drive); I tried to run the portable setup
and install MiKTeX there. It worked, the files (after a really long time)
get unpacked on the USB… but at the moment of starting up the
batch script, the command prompt shows up and then nothing happens.
I have been waiting for hours to start, still nothing happened.
I also tried to unpack MiKTeX portable on my HDD and it works fine:
just 2 seconds of command prompt and the traybar icon popped up.
I then tried to update the HDD installation of MiKTeX and copy it on the
USB drive… No success: running the batch script just get stuck at the
command prompt.
I sincerely have no clue about what should I look at in order to solve
the issue… hope this can be fixed!
Thanks in advance.

Giovanni Santini 
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Antoine Adet | 12 Dec 12:48 2015

LuaTeX "Error: frenchb.lua not found."

I just discovered an issue with the "babel-french" package that does not
appear to contain "frenchb.lua" file requested by LuaTeX for spaces
before the double punctuation (thin space for the semicolons). My MiKTeX
is updated and I do not know where the problem may come.

Antoine Adet

(Sorry for my english)

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