[Tugindia] installing wikner's devanagari fonts on Linux

CV Radhakrishnan cvr at river-valley.com
Mon Sep 19 06:33:23 CEST 2005

On Mon, September 19, 2005 1:18 am, Ravi Parimi said:
> Hello,
> I have been trying to figure out how to install Wikner's fonts on my
> Linux machine (CentOS 4.1).
> I downloaded all the files from
> ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/languages/sanskrit/
> and went through all the steps detailed in the readme.txt to create
> the .fm, .tfm etc.. files
> There are some parts in the readme I am unable to understand. It
> mentions that the files ifthen.sty, relsize.sty and multicol.sty are

ifthen.sty and multicol.sty are part of any standard TeX distribution.
It should be available at your:


($TEXMF in a linux box might be /usr/share/texmf or /usr/local/texmf or
/usr/local/share/texmf or ...)

relsize.sty is available at:


> required, but I do not find them either in the downloaded directory or
> on my linux machine.
> Also, now that I have these *.fm, *.tfm files, I do not know where to
> copy them and how to let the latex system know that these files are
> present. I searched the web and briefly looked at the fontinst guide
> as well, but am not sure how I should proceed from here.

copy the *.mf (not *.fm) files to:


copy the *.tfm files to:


copy the *.pfb files to:


copy the *.fd and *.sty files to:


copy the *.map file to:


Open $TEXMF/dvips/config/config.ps in a text editor and add the following
line at the end:

 p +skt.map

Save the file and exit.

Run 'texhash' from the command prompt to update your TeX's file database. 
That is all.

> Can someone please show me how to get these fonts installed on my
> system? Any pointers to documentation will also be very helpful.
> I looked at a few sanskrit (Vedic) documents written using Wikner's
> fonts and am very impressed with their quality. I'd be glad to know if
> there are newer (or better) versions of devanagari fonts (that support
> vedic accents) that can be installed on Linux systems.

You might take a look at


which is the project page of devnagari fonts for TeX and friends.  You can
grab the newest version of the fonts here.



More information about the tugindia mailing list