[tex-live] Extract glyph outlines from MetaPost font files

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Tue Feb 14 00:13:13 CET 2012

Hi Steve,

    A file "mfplain.mem" is required by mpost.

For the record ... in native TeX Live, mpost never, in general, required
mfplain.mem.  It used to require mpost.mem.  Similarly, mfplain (the
command) used to require mfplain.mem (the "format").

In current (TL'11) MetaPost, however, there are no .mem's at all.


Evidently you are using some distro's TeX Live.  Not surprising things
are different.

    $ mpost -ini '\input /usr/share/texmf-texlive/metapost/base/mfplain.mp; dump'


In native TeX Live, mfplain.mem was created automatically when running
the command mfplain the first time (or at installation time).  When
.mem's were used.

    To automate it, I wrote a script, now in the GNU FreeFont SVN, named


Happy font hacking,

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