[texhax] metapost

Hartmut Henkel hartmut_henkel at gmx.de
Sat Jun 18 10:33:10 CEST 2005

On Sat, 18 Jun 2005, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> >>>>> "Florian" == Florian Knorn <floz at gmx.de> writes:

>   > and another problem. if i stick to a simple file, with only some
>   > (plain)tex commands like this one here:
>   > [...]
>   > then i get fig1.1 file alright. if i open it with gsview however,
>   > it produces some font-related errors like Error: /undefined in
>   > cmsy10. same problems if i try to include the file in a latex
>   > document.........
>   > what am i doing wrong ?
> Nothing.
> You must now write a .tex file which loads fig1.1 and run this file
> through tex and dvips.  dvips will then insert the fonts.

for playing around it's even easier just to run

mptopdf --raw fig.mp

(uses LaTeX or TeX) or

mptopdf fig.mp

(uses metafun mode) which produces a self-standing PDF file including
all required fonts (if the distro has everything including ConTeXt
properly set up).

> IMHO the documentation of metapost is at least not as good as it could
> be.  Taco Hoekwater is maintaining metapost now and he already got the
> tex sources of the manual.  Thus, an improved version will be available
> in the future.

it is already greatly improved (particularily the details of LaTeX
interaction, e. g. the TEX macro has been extended), and mpost 0.901 is
available, see the "Docs" area at


Regards, Hartmut

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