[Tex/LaTex] Latex error after ubuntu 14.04 update


I updated my operating system on my laptop from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 yesterday, and now I cannot compile my .tex files. I always get the following message.

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013/Debian)
restricted \write18 enabled.
---! /var/lib/texmf/web2c/pdftex/latex.fmt doesn't match pdftex.pool
(Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)

I tried searching for some information and found the suggestions offered here. I tried first running

fmtutil --all

but that didn't work, so next I tried

sudo fmtutil-sys --all

but that also didn't work. I also found this thread asking essentially the same question, but the focus there seemed to be on having a "portable install." I'm not exactly sure what a portable install is, but I don't think I have that on my laptop so I don't know if the answers on that thread are of any use to me.

Best Answer

I ended up just removing my old texlive installation and reinstalling it fresh. Not the most elegant solution, but it seems to have worked.

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