newbie question

Ulrik Vieth
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:14:44 +0100

Rolf Marvin B|e Lindgren:

> actually, I'm not precisely a newbie - I've used fontinst on an off
> since it was first announced.  however, the discrepancies between the
> program and the written documentation have always been puzzling.

> if I do (in version 1.801) 

> \input fontinst.sty
> \installfonts
>    \latinfamily{ptm}{}
> \bye

> the results are _nothing_.  if I precede the \latinfamily invocation
> with \fromafm{ptmr8r} (etc.), the mtx files are generated and
> \latinfamily does its stuff.  in fact, I've never had any success with
> the do-it-all-macros.

I think the documentation is right, but the results strongly depens 
on which files are found in your search path.  In recent teTeX-0.9
distributions, fontinst.ini is used to dump a fontinst format file,
and the TEXINPUTS.fontinst search path does include TEXMF/fonts/afm 
as well as TEXMF/tex/fontinst//. 

 If the AFM files are found, the result of the above fontinst run 
will be OK, but if not, the results will indeed be nothing but a
bunch of near-empty files.

Hope this explains it.

Cheers, Ulrik.

From 12 Jan 1999 13:27:03 +0100
From: Rolf Marvin B|e Lindgren <>
Date: 12 Jan 1999 13:27:03 +0100
To: Rolf Marvin B|e Lindgren <>
Subject: bug in 8r.enc? (was Re: newbie question)
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[ Rolf Marvin B|e Lindgren


| adding (say)
| ptmr8r   Times-Roman       "TeXBase1Encoding ReEncodeFont"  <8r.enc
| to, inputting  gives  where cmr gives .  
| am I doing something wrong?

it doesn't seem that 8r.enc is doing its stuff right.  should i start
editing 8r.enc, or is it possible that something else is wrong, i.e. is
it likely that the wrong .tfm's and .vf's are being read?

Rolf Lindgren