# Re: Problem with \installfont in fontinst 1.8

• To: Ulrik Vieth <vieth@thphy.uni-duesseldorf.de>
• Subject: Re: Problem with \installfont in fontinst 1.8
• From: Rebecca and Rowland <rebecca@astrid.u-net.com>
• Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 02:42:18 +0100
• References: <l03130300b1d0b97d9b73@[194.119.133.22]> (message from Rebeccaand Rowland on Tue, 14 Jul 1998 08:33:22 +0100)

```[snip]
>(Alan's fontinst-1.335 came with a directory full of .pl files for
>standard fonts, but I omitted that because they can be generated
>whenever you need them.)

Ah!  *That's* the problem: I've just (finally) uninstalled fontinst 1.335
when I installed 1.8.  I was wondering why this fontinst file suddenly
broke.  Obvious, now you mention it...

[snip]
>Actually, fontinst does the following:

Thanks for this - I've added it to my file of `notes on how fontinst works'
which is my main source of info for the fontinst documentation I'm
hammering together (on hold at the moment but neither forgotten nor
abandonded).

>Conclusion: If you have neither a .pl file nor an .afm for the file
>you requested, fontinst will trigger a low-level error when trying to
>load an .mtx file.  If you want to do something fancy using CM fonts,
>you have to make sure to generate the required .pl files with tftopl.

Right - well, I've done this and it seems to work okay so far.  I'll find
out if it's *really* worked when the fontinst run's finished (and given
that OzTeX's using a small fraction of 25MHz 68040 CPU time right now, this
is probably going to take more than 5 minutes).

Thanks very much
Rowland.

```