[OS X TeX] Potential problem with MacTeX2018

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Thu May 10 00:02:21 CEST 2018

Hi Herb, Dick,

On May 10, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com<mailto:herbs at wideopenwest.com>> wrote:

There are some missing .fd files for the STIX font. Expect an update/fix shortly. In the mean time update many other files using TeX Live Utility.

Are you saying that there should be files named   LS2stix.fd  and   LS1stix.fd
as well as the lower-cased versions:  ls2stix.fd  and   ls1stix.fd  ?
This wasn’t the case for 2017, unless that was wrong too; viz.

SCI-3:tagged ross$ kpsewhich ls2stix.fd
SCI-3:tagged ross$ kpsewhich LS2stix.fd
SCI-3:tagged ross$ kpsewhich ls1stix.fd
SCI-3:tagged ross$ kpsewhich LS1stix.fd
SCI-3:tagged ross$

If there were both spellings, with upper- and lower-case, isn’t this a problem for some Mac file systems?
Of course if both are meant to be the same, or one a symbolic link to the other, then there is no real problem.

OK, Dick’s message suggests that the lowercase-named files are missing in  2018 .
(Sorry I haven’t updated yet.) and the issue is that an installer has failed to unpack them.

In any case, it is noteworthy that LaTeX looks for both lower- and uppercase versions
of  .fd  files, based upon a 3-letter encoding; in this case  LS2  and  LS1 .
A legacy of DOS origins?

Good Luck,
Herb Schulz

Hope this helps.

Dr Ross Moore

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