[OS X TeX] problem with \usepackage{times}

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Jun 21 04:28:50 EDT 2007

Le 21 juin 07 à 09:07, Jonathan Kew a écrit :

> On 21 Jun 2007, at 12:48 am, Raymond N. Greenwell wrote:
>> I recently got a new iMac and am now running OS 10.4.9. My old  
>> TeXShop from my old iMac (running 10.3.9) no longer worked, so I  
>> downloaded the TeXShop and TeX Live package MacTeX-2007, and I'm  
>> now running TeXShop 2.10beta8. All is well except for the command  
>> \usepackage{times}, which gives the error message: "*** font  
>> ptmr7t not found in psfonts.map or host system; will substitute  
>> Helvetica glyphs".
> This sounds like it's coming from the XeLaTeX engine; you must have  
> chosen this rather than regular LaTeX, and it is unable to use the  
> "virtual fonts" associated with the "times" (or "mathptmx")  
> packages, unless you also configure it to use the xdvipdfmx output  
> driver.
> Assuming you wanted standard LaTeX behavior, just be sure that is  
> the "engine" selected in the TeXShop menus.
> If you did want to try XeLaTeX, for access to more of your Mac's  
> fonts, then you should use the {fontspec} package to choose fonts,  
> rather than old-style packages like {times}. The fontspec  
> documentation (see fontspec.pdf in the texlive package; e.g., enter  
> "texdoc fontspec" in the Terminal) gives lots of information and  
> examples.

Another possibility you may have is related to encodings: \usepackage 
{times} or \usepackage{mathptmx} is not enough, you must load the  
package fontenc with appropriate option. See /Library/TeX/ 

Specifically: use either




Personally I favour the second variant.

In order for this to work with XeLaTeX, you must take another  
precaution as Jonathan mentioned: use xdvipdfmx as the XDVI-to-PDF  
translator (XDVI -- extended DVI -- is XeTeX's native output format),  
instead of the default xdv2pdf. How to do this with TeXShop:

- Move your old ~/Library/TeXShop/ elsewhere.

- Launch TeXShop: it will create a new ~/Library/TeXShop/ afresh.

- Quit TeXShop.

- Go to ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/Inactive/XeTeX/ and move XeTeX- 
xdvipdfmx.engine and XeLaTeX-xdvipdfmx.engine to ~/Library/TeXShop/ 

- Launch TeXShop again: in the Engines pull-down menu in the toolbar,  
there will be two new engines XeTeX-xdvipdfmx and XeLaTeX-xdvipdfmx.

- Merge back any possible customization you might have done in the  
old ~/Library/TeXShop/ to the new one.

Hope this helps,

Bruno Voisin
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