[texhax] Font help needed.

John R. Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sun Apr 15 01:37:33 CEST 2007

On Saturday 14 April 2007 06:47, Oleg Katsitadze wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 03:14:21PM -0400, John R. Culleton wrote:
> > But laxc3583 doesn't seem to appear anywhere on my system.  And
> > the system tries but cannot generate a tfm file when I use this:
> > \font\rx laxc3583
> I'm not positive on this, but I recall that tfm files are generated
> on the fly by mktextfm from metafont sources for LH fonts (even
> though pdftex might actually use pfb file, not pk).  So most
> probably you don't have write permissions for the directory where
> tfm files are stored.
> > There are dozens of these instances. Must I generate each tfm
> > individually with afm2tfm or the like?
> Try processing your TeX file once as root (or any other user which
> has permissions to write tfm), so that the tfm files are created.
> Thereafter you should be able to process TeX files as a normal
> user.
> HTH,
> Oleg

I have write permissions ot the entire texlive tree. So that is not 
the solution. The problem is with fonts where the tfm name is not the 
same as the pfb name. I don't know why there are so many such 
combinations listed in pdftex.map. I see no use for these lines. The 
tfm does not exist and there is no easy way to generate it. 
John Culleton
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