[XeTeX] Disable "mktextfm" and/or use of TFM-based fonts ?

Philip Taylor (Hellenic Institute) P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk
Wed Jun 8 10:43:19 CEST 2022

On 08/06/2022 08:51, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
> Am Tue, 7 Jun 2022 11:44:28 +0100 schrieb Philip Taylor (Hellenic
> Institute):
>> As I /never/ want XeTeX to attempt to create a seemingly-missing TFM
>> file, can I configure XeTeX and/or TeXworks to inhibit this undesired
>> behaviour ?
> Perhaps by setting MKTEXTFM = 0, but I never tried if xetex honors
> that. But even if that work: you would still get errors from your
> code, so why bother?
Thank you, I will try that.  Error messages I would expeect — an attempt 
to create a font (or even a font metric file), I would not — typesetting 
should utilise existing resources, not attempt to create new ones.  Or 
to put it another way, TeX is a typesetting engine, and should not 
pretend to be a poor man's "make".
>> And for that matter, can I configure XeTeX and/or TeXworks
>> to inhibit any attempt to use TFM-based fonts ?
> Do you really want that? Don't you use tfm based math fonts?

Not intentionally, since I rarely if ever typeset maths.  But if I /were 
/to need to insert a fragment of maths into a document that I would 
typesetting, I would like to be warned if XeTeX needed to fall back on 
the Computer Modern (or similar) fonts.

/** Phil./

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