LaTeX is a software for typesetting documents. In other words, it’s a document preparation system. LaTeX is not a word processor, but is used as a document markup language. LaTeX is especially well-suited for scientific and technical documents. Its superior typesetting of mathematical formulas is legendary. If you are a student or a scientist, then LaTeX is by far the best choice, and even if you don’t need its scientific capabilities, there are other uses — it produces very high quality output, it is extremely stable, and handles complex documents easily no matter how large they are.
While using latex in debian 6.0 we might come across the following error.
10pt loadable: Metric (TFM) file not found
This is because the font the latex is trying to use is not installed in the system. The workaround for the problem is to install the package texlive-fonts-recommended.
In debian/ubuntu we can do it using the command:
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended
After installing the package the above error should not appear while using latex.