[tex-k] Updmap-sys does not leave out MAP file fragments in /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/web2c/updmap-local.cfg

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Jun 14 23:10:36 CEST 2011

On 2011-06-14 at 22:22:26 +0200, Peter Dyballa wrote:

 > Am 14.06.2011 um 20:58 schrieb Reinhard Kotucha:
 > > If one wants to disable outline fonts, the best solution is to
 > > uninstall them.
 > TeX Live has become a package managed system. This means that you  
 > can't easily remove some (font) package. If it's a font package that  
 > you remove, then the "text" package that uses it, depends on it and  
 > does allow its removal. Then you would also need to remove the doc and  
 > the "text" package, but some scheme or whatever depends on it.
 > No. The way the TeX Live packages are organised and made dependent is  
 > obviously optimised for the package packers, not for the strange  
 > users, of which I am one. (I have practical experience, I tried that,  
 > maybe in 2008.)
 > > Simply removing map entries leads to a broken
 > > installation.
 > IMO the installation becomes broken when you forcibly remove some  
 > package. Proof: tlmgr complains!
 > I am not interested in Vietnamese, Chinese, this or that, "quasi"  
 > fonts for example. I just wanted to make updmap's life easy (and its  
 > running time minimal). So I disable some fonts via their MAP file  
 > fragments. And I am doing this with /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ 
 > web2c/updmap-local.cfg because in TeX Live 2010 it worked fine (and  
 > particularly very fast, not needing to invoke 'updmap-sys --disable  
 > <some MAP file fragment>' 50 times manually or with a lengthy shell  
 > script; and every year), and I think automatically.
 > What else is the purpose of this file? (Making local MAP file  
 > fragments for locally installed fonts known.) Setting the options for  
 > the 35 LaserWriter fonts and for downloading or not the 14 PDF fonts?  
 > Setting this does not really work well, because tlmgr now (?) does not  
 > generate the "localised" files, at least not automatically, and when  
 > needed, i.e., when updmap-local.cfg is younger then the updmap.cfg  
 > files updmap works with.

The purpose of the file is to add map entries for locally installed
fonts, not to misconfigure the system.  Nevertheless, isn't updmap
fast enough now?


 > Regarding the syntax used in updmap-local.cfg: last year (or earlier?)  
 > the documentation did not give exact hints.

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