[tex-live] TL2004: adding a map to pdftex only

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue Oct 19 14:23:56 CEST 2004

>> \pdfmapfile{+myfonts.map}
>> in your document
> With dvips and (old) pdftex, it was possible to set up fonts globally
> on the system in a way that does not affect documents.  Now, if we add
> such things into documents, it will make them less portable.
> I thought that it would at least be possible to use pdftexconfig.tex and
> to store the information about map files in the format. While this is
> already a step back (format generation time vs. document processing time),
> it did not even work in my tests. Adding
>   \catcode`\{=1
>   \catcode`\}=2
>   \pdfmapfile{+foo.map}
>   \catcode`\{=12
>   \catcode`\}=12
> to pdftexconfig.tex did not cause foo.map to be read (neither at format
> generation time nor while processing a document using the new format).
> Does this mean, that we can only define the map files in the documents
> and no longer anywhere outside? Or, does it mean that updmap will be
> the only way to set up fonts globally for pdftex?

My guess would be that updmap needs to have some way to know that certain
map files are only to be used for certain engines.


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