[tex-live] PK fonts characters left blank by "dvips -P pdf" on windows

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Nov 16 16:32:28 CET 2010

sliwa at cft.edu.pl wrote:

> It seems that "dvips -P pdf" fails to properly generate PK fonts on
> Windows, leaving characters blank (tested on TeX Live 2010 and also 2009).
> No such problem on Linux. The reason is probably that mktexpk ignores
> --dpi and uses just the MF mode, resulting in a font generated at 600dpi
> instead of 8000dpi. I see that mktexpk is an EXE file on Windows...

-Ppdf really ought not to be necessary nowadays, anyway.  (i suspect the
faq doesn't agree: i'll review that tonight -- i've a new version of the
faq near to release.)

it has never (ime) worked for documents that required bitmap fonts --
since there has never been a metafont mode for a 8000dpi printer.

so what you observe is nothing directly to do with tl -- i first noticed
it with an early tetex, i think.

if your system is daft enough not to use outline fonts by default for
computer modern, etc., there are other ways to solve the problem.


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