[OS X TeX] Initials - fonts

George Ghio gghi at bordernet.com.au
Wed Jul 15 00:33:23 EDT 2009

On 15/07/2009, at 11:07 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Jul 14, 2009, at 7:29 PM, George Ghio wrote:
>> Ah, I didn't. The installation was from Texlive08.
>> Let's make no bones about it, I use TeX but am a fair ways from  
>> understanding it. I can find some of the files but it is hit and  
>> miss. I really just don't understand the structure.
>> Library/TeX/TeXmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/initials.
>> Library/TeX/TeXmf-dist/fonts/tfm/public/initials.
>> It always seems that the person who writes the documentation  
>> assumes that the reader already knows as much as the author. (Sigh)  
>> Such is life.
>> As far as I understand it I did a full install. I suppose the first  
>> step is "Where should the files be?"
>> Any help is gratefully accepted.
>> George
> Howdy,
> 1)Installing in texmf-dist is discouraged since a re-install will  
> overwrite the changes/additions. You should put the files in texmf- 
> local (/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local).
> 2)Did you run `sudo texhash' after installing the files? [This lets  
> TeX ``know'' the files exist.]
> 3)Where did you put the .map files and did you run `sudo -H updmap- 
> sys --enable Map foo.map' for each of the map files (i.e., put the  
> proper map name in for each map file in the initials fonts. [This  
> tells latex how to use the fonts.]
> 4)What about the .sty and .fd files? Where did you put those?
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
1) I used the installer. I use Tex as installed.

2) I have no idea how to do this. I wish I did, but, I don't.

3) The files were put wherever the installer put them.

4) The .sty and .fd  files are wherever the installer put them. I have  
yet to find a .sty file for the Initials package, anywhere on my  
computer or the www.

Now then Herb. I appreciate that you have knowledge beyond my ability.  
I do not know how to do what you know how to do.

To date I have yet to find a simple guide for the use of TeX. All the  
guides assume that one already knows what is being described. Still I  
have managed to use TeX for my writing. I like TeX and I like this  

Let us assume that the installer has placed all the files in correct  
places. If I put - \usepackage{initials} - in the preamble I get an  
error that says that - initials.sty - can't be found. So is the -  
\usepackage{initials} - a correct command or are  - initials -  
actually contained in a different package and the command should be -  

Many thanks for your time spent.


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