[tex-live] problem with fonts -- how do i debug this?

Jim Young jim.young at ucalgary.ca
Tue Jun 9 18:26:20 CEST 2009

Hi all,
  I have a problem with fonts and  I am not sure where to start. Here is the

I have two texlive installs on different machines. On a linux (debian)
machine I have texlive-2007 and i can get everything to work without any
problems. It is my windows machien running texlive-2008 that causes my

I am installing the MinionPro font package, which is where the problem

I followed the CTAN directions for installing MinionPro and it works
seamlessly on my linux machine, and has for a while. But I cannot get it to
work on the windows machine.

When I use the minionpro package in a document, it compiles fine until the
last moment:

!pdfTeX error: pdflatex.exe (file MinionPro-It-Base-ab): Font
MinionPro-It-Base-ab at 545 not found
  ==> Fatal error occured, no output PDF file produced!
kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag 0+545/600 --dpi 545
kpathsea: Appending font creating commands to missfont.log.

if i run the mktexpk command myself
C:\Program Files\texlive\2008\bin\win32>mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag
0+545/600 --dpi 545 MinionPro-It-Base-ab
Cannot find MinionPro-It-Base-ab.mf .
I try ps2pk --> gsftopk --> ttf2pk --> hbf2gf.
ps2pk cannot be used.
I try gsftopk.
gsftopk.exe MinionPro-It-Base-ab 545
gsftopk cannot be used.
Next I try ttf2pk.
ttf2pk.exe -q MinionPro-It-Base-ab 545
ttf2pk failed.
Finally I try hbf2gf.
hbf2gf.exe -q -p MinionPro-It-Base-ab 545
All trials failed.

Now, there are no minionpro .mf files /anywhere/ on my system. they also do
not exist on my linux texlive2007 system, but it still works fine. what is
an mf file, and where does it come from? is there a script i need to run
specifically for texlive 2008 to generate these?

also, check out:

C:\Program Files\texlive\2008\bin\win32>kpsewhich MinionPro-It-Base-ab.tfm
C:\Program Files\texlive\2008\bin\win32>kpsewhich MinionPro-It-Base-ab.mf
  <empty result >

Whats /really/ causing this mf problem? the tfms i generated ages ago before
i switched to texlive, i think i used tetex at the time but it has been
years. do i suddenly need to regenerate these for 2008?

any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!



James Young, B.Sc.
Ph.D. Candidate
Interactions laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4
Phone: +1.403.210.9502
E-mail: jim.young at ucalgary.ca
URL: http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~jyoung/<http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/%7Ejyoung/>
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