[OS X TeX] Installing Lucida Bright fonts (PCTeX version) on MacTeX 2013

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Oct 28 17:52:33 CET 2013

On Oct 28, 2013, at 11:20 AM, Per Ting <perting at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have purchased these fonts (support provided by Water Schmidt at the time) through PCTeX in 2005 and I would like to install them under MacTeX 2013 (I will be using Texstudio, not Texshop, if that makes a difference). I have read "Changes in MacTeX 2012" by Herb on this topic. The document offers two alternatives for location of installed fonts. I was wondering if one of these location is the preferred one? What are the pluses and minuses of each?
> Thanks


Let the arguments begin! :-)

Placing the fonts and associated files in your personal texmf tree (~/Library/texmf):

Pluses: 1)it's relatively easy to do since that tree is owned by you and there for you can modify it at will; 2)it is clear that the fonts are owned by YOU.

Minuses: 1)since the fonts are owned only by YOU they are unavailable to another user of your system (e.g., I have an alternate user on my system who isn't an administrator for testing purposes); 2)when you update your TeX distribution, using tlmgr, you must run 


if the update runs

updmap-sys (note: if you use TeX Live Utility to do the updating you can set a preference so it will do this automatically!).

Placing the fonts and associated files in the texmf-local tree (/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local):

Pluses: 1)the fonts installed there are usable by all users of the system; 2)no need for special processing after a TeX distribution update either with use of tlmgr or TeX Live Utility (without setting that preference).

Minuses: 1)since the texmf-local tree is owned by `root' you need to be an administrator of your system to install there and you will be requires to use `sudo' when using Terminal or to enter your administrator password when using the GUI as well as know how to open those folders in Finder.

Personally (here it comes --- I know there are varying opinions) I prefer placing fonts in the texmf-local tree. It is a bit more pain to do the install but it's done only once and then you can forget it! It's nice that you never have to run (nor should you run, in this case)


after an update.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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