[tex-k] Problems with "dvips -P config.foo" and thai fonts

Frank Küster frank at debian.org
Tue Dec 20 13:14:01 CET 2005

Hi all,

Danai discovered that adding garuda.map and norasi.map via the
-Pconfig.PRINTER option of dvipsk fails.  I tested with lmodern, there
are no problems, so this seems to be somewhat specific.

$ cat /usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/config.garuda 
Map +garuda.map

Danai SAE-HAN (韓達耐) <danai.sae-han at skynet.be> wrote:

> More precisely, install the latex-cjk-thai (and latex-cjk) package.
> You will find /usr/share/doc/latex-cjk/examples/thai.tex, which needs
> to be compiled with an Emacs Lisp script.
>  You will find the result
> attached as "thai.cjk".  Run "latex thai.cjk" and a DVI file will be
> construed.  "dvips -Pnorasi -Pgaruda thai.dvi" will work without
> problems.
> Edit /etc/texmf/updmap.d/10latex-cjk-thai.cfg and comment garuda.map
> and norasi.map. 
> Run update-updmap

For Karl and Werner: This is debian-specific and would be just "edit
updmap.cfg" in teTeX or TeXlive.

> and updmap-sys, and run "dvips -Pnorasi -Pgaruda
> thai.dvi" again. dvips will complain that it can't find the .pfb
> fonts.
> In effect, dvips tries to search for "ftnr8z" (e.a.), while I have
> clearly redirected it to "<norasi.pfb" (e.a.) in the .map files.
> Extract of norasi.map:
>   ftnr8z Norasi " C90Encoding ReEncodeFont " <c90.enc <norasi.pfb
> So dvips recognises the config.* files, but it looks for the name in
> the first argument, not the last argument.
> ftnr8z (e.a.) are used because the TFM files that CJK uses are
> incompatible with those that "thailatex" uses.

The syntax of the map file seems to be okay - and it should be, since if
the map file is referenced in updmap.cfg, everything is okay.

> Strange thing is that dvips botches when the map files are
> commented, but works when they are not commented.

Or in other words:  It works when dvips can read the lines from
psfonts.map, but not from garuda.map when this file is added from

Can you help us out?

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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