[OS X TeX] Screen fonts in X11 using i-Installer tetex

Axel E.Retif axretif at igo.com.mx
Wed Nov 24 00:33:04 EST 2004

On Nov 23, 2004, at 7:22 PM, Frederick Hoyt wrote:

> I am using Gerben Wierda's tetex installation with X11 by way of the 
> Fink system-tetex placeholder. I notice that when I generate documents 
> this way, the quality of the screen fonts in gv is substantially worse 
> than what I see if I use the Fink tetex installation.

But if you distill the .ps file opening it with Preview or with Acrobat 
Distiller you'll see that everything is OK.

> Can anyone suggest why this might be, and what I might do about it?

I never use GV to preview. I work with .dvi files in the preparation 
stages, and the final runs with TeXShop to produce PDF files.

> Disk space is not an issue, so I could have both the Fink and 
> i-Installer tetex installations, but it does offend my Yankee 
> sensibilities to have two installations when one will do.

You really, really should not. The Fink line `` . /sw/bin/init.sh '' in 
your .profile or .bash_profile prepends Fink's path (try, for example, 
`` which awk '' or even `` which which '' and you'll see that you are 
using Fink's awk (gawk) and which.

So even if you put


in the Engine section of TeXShop preferences, for example, which 
texmf.cnf would be used?, which kpsea?, etc.

> Alternatively, is it possible to knit the Fink and i-Installer tetex 
> installations together through artful use of symlinks?

That's system-tetex. For example,

Ada:~ axretif$ ls -alF /sw/texmf.cnf
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  admin  26 20 Aug 23:31 /sw/texmf.cnf@ -> 
Ada:~ axretif$ ls -alF /sw/bin/dvipdf
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  admin  21 31 Jul 17:29 /sw/bin/dvipdf@ -> 

Best regards,


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