[texhax] metafont running problem
karl at freefriends.org
Tue May 18 17:38:05 CEST 2004
What exactly is mfw, and where can I find it?
It was the "window-enabled version" of mf. The idea was that linking
with the X libraries is a real headache, and makes the binary huge,
while the vast majority sites only use mf to create already-existing
fonts at different resolutions, for which online display is not needed.
Anyway, here are some options, none great.
(1) You can get the mfw from TL2003 from
I must correct what I said earlier, this does draw online for me, but
sometimes it takes two showit's. I don't understand. Maybe it will
work for you, I hope there won't be shared lib problems.
(2) You can get the latest teTeX from
http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/unix/teTeX and teTeX-beta -- but
this will require building from source. That might be easy, or it might
be a nightmare. (If you do get it compiled, you might be able to run mf
directly out of the source tree, or you might have to actually install
(3) I don't know what package format Mandrake uses, but perhaps you can
find an updated teTeX to install.
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