Was not sure if this should go here or on TeX Stackexchange. Feel free to move if I made mistake. My setup is: GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.32-5-686, CrunchBang Linux statler. I have installed xetex through apt-get (texlive-xetex). Problem is that whenever I try to compile a .tex file which LaTeX will compile without problems, I get the following from xetex:
This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9995.2 (TeX Live 2009/Debian) (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)
I have installed xelatex, my latex version is
me@box:~$ latex --version pdfTeX 3.1415926-1.40.10-2.2 (TeX Live 2009/Debian) kpathsea version 5.0.0
Version of xelatex is
asha@andromeda:~$ xelatex --version XeTeX 3.1415926-2.2-0.9995.2 (TeX Live 2009/Debian) kpathsea version 5.0.0
Searching, this seems to be related to a recent update to zlib, version zlib-1.2.6. Source. Other posts reveal that other programs have been affected as well, but I have not been able to find a description of a solution I can use. There was one example where someone reported on seuccessfully linking to the older version of zlib when building the tool in question from sources. This might be a bit above my Linux skills for now.
What can I do with my present distro and setup to have xetex working ?