[pdftex] Pdflatex error: Bad metric (TFM) file

Roboco Sanchez roboco at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 11:46:27 CEST 2004

See if the last byte of your *--base.tfm files is 0x90 and the last
two bytes of your other tfm files are 0x90 0xBA. If that's the case
add one byte of 0xBA to all the *--base.tfm files and problem solved.

What version is your OS? Is it SuSE 9? What version is LCDF Typetools?


On Sun, 08 Aug 2004 04:11:11 -0400 (EDT), Ryuji Suzuki
<rs at silvergrain.org> wrote:
> Hello -- I googled for this problem with various keywords with no
> luck...
> I use several Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts with
> pdflatex. TrueType fonts are converted to Type 1 with ttf2pt1 and
> OpenType with otftotfm. The problem is that almost all of these fonts
> work with latex but some of these fonts do not work with pdflatex.
> A typical error message is:
>   ! Font \csname\endcsname=LY1-Jenson-Regular--fonum--base at 17.28pt
>   not loadabl e: Bad metric (TFM) file.
> My pdflatex is pdfTeX (Web2C 7.5.2) 3.141592-1.11b.
> The TFM file exists and appears to be ok -- indeed latex does not find
> any problem. This problem seems to happen particularly more likely
> with Adobe OpenType fonts (the above error is obtained with Adobe
> Jenson installed with otftotfm). However, there are some Adobe
> OpenType fonts that do not cause this error, such as Adobe Garamond
> and Prestige Elite, converte with otftotfm in the same way, with same
> file name convention and almost identical fd file definitions.
> Besides Adobe OTF fonts, I found two cases that caused the analogous
> errors.  One was Goudy Sans freely available for download from
> FontSite, and another is Bitstream Frutiger. These fonts work fine
> with other applications, such as Openoffice.
> I prefer to use pdflatex for everything I do, so I would really like
> to find a way to fix this problem. But I don't know what to
> fix/test/whatever next.
> Thank you!
> Ryuji Suzuki
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