[tex-live] bad TFM files in TeXLive!

Jörg Knappen knappen at uni-mainz.de
Fri Jul 1 19:28:48 CEST 2005

On the sizes of the tfm files:

I generated them on OpenVMS. The most widely TeX implementation on VMS 
(DECUS TeX) required the tfm file size to be a multiple of 256, therefore 
VMS METAFONT pads the tfm files with the canoncical end bytes. That's the 
reason why the tfm files on UNIX or Windows systems are usually shorter.

I will not change this feature since it does not harm other users.

I consider correcting the font encoding scheme (I wonder why METAFONT 
generates happily tfm files which are BAD by the standards of tftopl).


J"org Knappen

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