[tex-live] Default settings in updmap.cfg

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Jul 10 00:09:56 CEST 2011

On 2011-07-09 at 13:21:20 -0700, Michael Sharpe wrote:

 > I just installed the new 2011 pretest---more correctly
 > mactex20110703---and noticed one feature that has caused me
 > problems in the past. The new version of updmap.cfg sets
 > dvipsDownloadBase35 to false. With this setting, you can get
 > unexpected output when processing in latex+dvips mode, as the
 > attached files show. The first shows a simple file processed with
 > pdtlatex, and the three others show different types of odd behavior
 > in latex+dvips mode, none of which is seen if you change
 > dvipsDownloadBase35 to true, so I'd urge making true the default
 > value.

Hi Michael,
first of all, the old version of updmap also didn't download the fonts
by default.

However, I fully agree with you that this setting is completely wrong
and leads to unexpected behavior.  Even worse, these errors are often
overlooked because you don't get an error message.  I'm sure that many
other users got wrong output but didn't notice it.

We will certainly not change the default value before TL-2011 is
released, especially because we are already living with this
unfortunate setting for more than a decade.  But I'm convinced that
it's absolutely wrong and should be changed rather sooner than later.


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