[tex-k] Font cache problem

Anthony Stone ajs1 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Oct 27 12:52:44 CEST 2006

I'm using tetex, running under SuSE 9.3.

Whenever I run latex or pdflatex I get font files ecrm1200.600pk,
ecrm1200.tfm and ecrm1200.mf generated in the current directory. I
have VARTEXFONTS set in texmf.cnf to /var/cache/fonts, and
mktex.cnf contains the line
: ${MT_FEATURES=appendonlydir:varfonts}
which I assume means that the varfonts feature is enabled. The
/var/cache/fonts directory is world-writable and contains
subdirectories tfm and pk and source that are also world-writable. 
Shouldn't the generated font files be placed in /var/cache/fonts, and
not regenerated on every run when they're not in the current directory?

I have now moved them there by hand (into the jknappen/ec/
subdirectories) and they no longer get regenerated, but shouldn't they
be put there automatically?

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