[OS X TeX] Please help clarify updmap versus updmap-sys issues.

Gary Church gary.church1 at comcast.net
Wed Oct 22 03:31:55 CEST 2008

Hello all (again),

In trying to resolve the "fontmap entry for ... already exists,  
duplicates ignored" issue (mentioned in previous pleas to the list),  
I've come across another problem. I've been using:

sudo updmap --disable *.map
sudo updmap --enable Map *.map

to try enabling and disabling various map files along with the "sys"  

sudo updmap-sys --disable *.map
sudo updmap-sys --enable Map *.map

As I understand it, the "non-sys" version affects the updmap.cfg file  
in ~/.texlive2008/texmf-config/web2c/
while the "sys" version affects the updmap.cfg file in /usr/local/ 
(or is it the one in /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/web2c/updmap.cfg/
or the one in /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-var/web2c/updmap.cfg/)?

(Why so many updmap.cfg files?)

Anyway, which updmap.cfg file should I be using? Is there a way of  
forcing use of the one in ~/.texlive2008/... or in /usr/local/...?  
This is all very confusing.
When I enter "kpsewhich updmap.cfg", I get the ~/.texlive2008/...  

Finally, as a side issue, while trying various incantations of updmap,  
updmap-sys with either --enable or --disable, I would sometimes get a  
"updmap: configuration (updmap.cfg) unchanged. Map files will not be  
recreated." message. Is there a way to force creation of map files?

Thanks again for all your sage advice.

Gary Church
gary.church1 at comcast.net

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