the option "--texdist" (was: Re: [OS X TeX] Does MacTeX include the Bera fonts?)

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at
Mon Apr 9 18:24:28 EDT 2007

On Mon, 9 Apr 2007, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> On Apr 8, 2007, at 16:38 , Roussanka Loukanova wrote:
>> On Sun, 8 Apr 2007, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> Howdy,
>>> Would someone using the MacTeX (TeX Live 2007) distribution be so kind to 
>>> run the command
>>> kpsewhich fver8a.pfb
>>> in Terminal and let me know if the font is found? Just wondering if the 
>>> Bera fonts are part of TeX Live 2007.
>> As the others already have reported, yes, it is; but it is not in gwTeX.
>> For these check ups, I've tried the option of kpsewhich that I've learned 
>> today, without having to switch the TeX distribution:
>> roussankas-computer:~ rosi$ texdist --texdist=TeXLive-2007 "kpsewhich 
>> fver8a.pfb"
>> /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/bera/fver8a.pfb
>> roussankas-computer:~ rosi$ texdist --texdist=gwTeX "kpsewhich fver8a.pfb"
>> roussankas-computer:~ rosi$
> This option also enables the use of a distribution per document. Front ends 
> could support that, e.g. you could have a script per engine&distribution in 
> TeXShop.
> Or at least, that is the theory. I think nobody needs it in practice.

As a practice, this theory works: I've tried it in Emacs by creating two 
external AUCTeX versions of the command simpdftex: simpdftex-gt and 

What of a joy from such "small" things!


> G

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