[tex-live] Fwd: OpenBSD port print/texlive/texmf-minimal lacks bbold11.mf and bbold14.mf

Edd Barrett vext01 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 10:34:22 CEST 2007

Hi all,

I recieved an email from a student who is using the OpenBSD port for
his dissertation, but is having problems with a specific font. I am
not sure if this is a bug or something else. I was hoping someone here
could suggest something.

Please reply-all, so that he recieves the email too.


The email conversation follows:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sebastien Carlier <sebastien.carlier at gmail.com>
Date: 04-Aug-2007 12:26
Subject: Re: OpenBSD port print/texlive/texmf-minimal lacks bbold11.mf
and bbold14.mf
To: Edd Barrett <vext01 at gmail.com>

On 2007-08-04 02:11:14, Edd Barrett wrote:
> On 03/08/07, Sebastien Carlier <sebastien.carlier at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I am following -current and noticed that port print/texlive/texmf-minimal
> > which you maintain lacks the following files:
> >
> >  /usr/local/share/texmf-dist/fonts/source/public/bbold/bbold11.mf
> >  /usr/local/share/texmf-dist/fonts/source/public/bbold/bbold14.mf
> >
> > These files differ in a trivial way from the existing bbold<nn>.mf files
> > in the same directory and can be generated with these commands:
> >
> >  sed -e 's/10pt/14pt/;s/cmr10/cmr11/' < bbold10.mf > bbold11.mf
> >  sed -e 's/10pt/14pt/;s/cmr10/cmr14/' < bbold10.mf > bbold14.mf
> >
> > The corresponging .tfm files are also missing:
> >
> >  /usr/local/share/texmf-dist/fonts/tfm/public/bbold/bbold11.tfm
> >  /usr/local/share/texmf-dist/fonts/tfm/public/bbold/bbold14.tfm
> >
> > I presume they are generated as part of the build process but I have not
> > checked this and have just used mktextfm to generate them on my system.
> >
> > (Of course the packing list then needs to be updated.)
> >
> > I hope this feedback is helpful; the port works great for me otherwise,
> > thanks!
> Erm,
> I have no idea. I just ran the build.
> Please state your intentions / how you made these files.

Sorry, I should have provided more context.  Metafont files for the sans
serif blackboard bold font (a.k.a. bbold) are included in both tetex and
texlive in a limited range of sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 17.

My PhD dissertation happens to use sizes 11 and 14.  With tetex it used
to work fine, but when I switched to texlive I started getting pages of
incomprehensible errors whenever using the bbfont in any size other than
those listed above.
The problem I experienced can easily be reproduced by running this

        mktextfm bbold15

I have noticed that running, e.g., "mktexmf bbold15" produces a file
/var/tmp/texfonts/source/public/bbold/bbold15.mf which looks entirely
different from the ones that are part of texlive and distributed in

I am not sure what the right fix is (what I suggested in my first
message probably isn't it) or what to suggest.  It seems that the
"sauter" package used to take care of bbold fonts (and others) at
different sizes, and this package might be partially broken in texlive
(I have checked that it is indeed included in texlive/texmf-full).

> Sorry, Im relatively new to the texlive build.

I sympathize, TeX is a strange beast and it gets ugly when it breaks --
which is frequent.  I'll keep looking into this and see if texlive on
other platforms is also affected, and I'll let you know.


Best Regards



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