[texhax] Texlive and fonts

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Thu Oct 22 10:36:42 CEST 2009

On  22 Oct, 2009, at 02:56, Henrik Frisk wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 4:24 AM, Axel E. Retif <axel.retif at mac.com>  
> wrote:


>> As you are using TeXLive 2007, I think updmap should update (or  
>> create) psfonts_t1.map in /var/lib/texmf/fonts/map/dvips/updmap/  
>> and pdftex_dl14.map in /var/lib/texmf/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/,  
>> with information of your added fonts. Does it?
> [...]
>> Now ---by any chance would you have an invisible directory called  
>> something like .texlive2007 in your $HOME? If so, could you check  
>> if inside it there are some psfonts and pdftex map files?
> Finally! I started poking around inside the .texlive2007 directory  
> and came across a permissions issue. running
>  $ chown -R $HOME/.texlive2007/* username
> and then a subsequent
> $ updmap
> Made the fonts available to me.

Glad to know. Now --- updmap can be tricky because you can invoke it as

updmap, which updates the user's map files (within .texlive2007 in  
your case); or as

updmap-sys, which updates system-wide map files (within /var/lib/texmf/ 
fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/ in your case, I think, **if** you have write  
permissions to that directory); or as

sudo updmap-sys, which also updates system-wide map files in the  
latter directory, but owned by root.

I think maybe sometime you invoked it as ``sudo updmap'', which then  
updated the map files inside .texlive2007, but **owned by root**; then  
a further simple updmap couldn't update those map files because of the  
permissions issue you mention.

Personally, I don't like map files within .texliveXXXX, so I put my  
personal fonts in texmf-local (TeXLive 2008), and **always** use  
``sudo updmap-sys --enable Map=<font>.map''. But as your setting is  
already working, I think you should leave it like that.



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