[OS X TeX] El Capitan, TL-2015 and font maps

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Nov 28 20:23:07 CET 2015

> On Nov 28, 2015, at 1:03 PM, Thomas Käufl <kaeufl at online.de> wrote:
>> Am 28.11.2015 um 13:42 schrieb Eric van der Oord <eric.vanderoord at gmail.com>:
>> Thank you so much, Herb. I have my favorite fonts back !
>> I promise never more use sudo with updmap.
> To be precise: Herb wrote: Don’t use sudo updmap when
> updating the local TeX tree.
> After changes in the texlive/texmf-local tree,
> sudo updmap must be used.
> Did you follow the instructions in the document
> TeXLive2014+Changes.pdf and did you install your
> fonts in texmf-local. After updating to mactex-2015
> it was necessary to rebuild the system wide map
> file. I followed the instructions contained in the
> document and now, everything works fine.
> Btw. Thank you Herb for this doument.
> Regards
> Thomas Käufl


Not quite... You should ONLY use updmap and no sudo if you have placed fonts in your personal tree.

If you only place additional fonts in the texmf-local tree you should run

sudo updmap-sys

(notice the -sys).

The updmap-sys command needs sudo because it writes to one of the distribution trees which are owned by root (/usr/local/texlive/2015/texmf-var). But the updmap-sys command does NOT look at fonts in your personal tree (~/Library/texmf) since it creates a global map file to be used by all users with logins on that system.

If you have fonts in your personal tree you must use the updmap command which writes a global map file to a texmf-var tree created in ~/Library/texlive/2015 (not to get mixed up with your personal tree at ~/Library/texmf) which is owned by you; so no sudo is needed. When the system is looking for a global map file it reads in the first one it finds and stops and it searches your personal texmf-var before the distribution version. That's why you should set up TeX Live Utility's Preferences so that TLU runs updmap if updmap-sys is run when you update the TeX distribution.

Hope that isn't too confusing!

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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