[tex-live] problems with vftovp

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Thu Apr 17 09:57:08 CEST 2003

Lionel Lovitch writes:

> Sebastian
> To use Textures/Latex on my Mac where I have installed AGaramon and
> Optima fonts

> I need to create the corresponding pad and pop metric suitcases.
> So I need to feed the EdMetrics application with the associated .pl
> annd .vpl files.

> Back in my office in the university, where I now use a PC with RedHat
> Linux version 8.0 as OS,

> I ran the tftopl application on the unaccompanied .tfm files and there
> was no problem in creating the .pl files.

> Instead, when I try running vftovp on the pairs of .tfm and .vf files
> I get into serious trouble:

> I receive reports of "Bad VF file: Character ... in font 0 will be
> ignored" on standard error output.

> I am attaching two examples of this error output with the pairs of
> .tfm and .vf files of the pop package

> together with a copy of the vftovp application I am using.

> Can you please advise me how to proceed?

It looks like the error messages don't really make this clear.  When
processing popb7t.vf, the vftovp program looks for popb8r.tfm -- this
name is actually encoded in the vf file.

Adding that tfm file in the search path allows vftovp to run to
completion.  These tfm files should have been packaged with the
others.  A related problem seems to be that not all the tfm files
requested in this manner seem to be (readily?) available on CTAN.  I
think it should be possible to generate them from the afm files, but
did not further investigate.

Olaf Weber

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