[OS X TeX] FontForge and TeX i-Package update

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Mon Mar 21 11:37:58 EST 2005

> Le 21 mars 05, à 16:49, Gerben Wierda a écrit :
>> This looks like a fontforge bug. It should not try to open an X11
>> window
>> if it is just running a script. I'll investigate.
> Could this be a bug inside convert.pe? The man page for fontforge says:
>>        -script file
>>               Execute the script named file.  Does not  open  the  X
>> display.
>>               This  must  be the first argument passed to fontforge.
>> Any other
>>               arguments are handled by the scriptfile itself.  Any
>> other  com-
>>               mand  line  arguments will be passed to the script.  The
>> program
>>               contains a command interpreter which allows access to
>> most  but
>>               not  all  of  its interactive features.  If a scriptfile
>> is exe-
>>               cutable, and if its first line contains the string
>> "fontforge",
>>               then  the argument -script may be omitted. This means
>> that font-
>>               forge can be used as an interpreter.
> However the first line of convert.pe does not contain the string
> "fontforge", but "pfaedit":
>> #!/usr/local/bin/pfaedit
> Not sure this is the correct explanation, though.

It isn't ;-)

It says pfaedit because the script also works with versions of fontforge
form before the renaming from pfaedit to fontforge. My fontforge
installation mintains pfaedit as a symlink to fontforge, just to be
friendly. It does mean that my script does not work with a hand-installed
fontforge, unless you create the symlink yourself. But requests for help
following from that possible scenario (currently 0) I can handle...

This was not a bug at all. When I read the problem report I assumed it was
a problem with the TeX i-Package and reacted accordingly. But it had to do
with starting fontforge from the shell.

So, there is no bug and I reacted too soon.


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