[OS X TeX] More font problems

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Nov 3 15:16:30 EST 2009

On Nov 3, 2009, at 12:43 PM, Stephen Anderson wrote:

> In trying to deal with the Snow Leopard font problem I have already  
> asked about on this list, I discovered that I had inadvertently been  
> using gwTeX even after installing TexLive 2008, because of a path  
> coded into TeXShop.  I also downloaded and installed TexLive-2009,  
> hoping that would solve my other problem (it didn't).  But now I  
> discover a new problem.
> I have some other fonts (Adobe Garamond, most notably) that aren't  
> in the TeX distribution and that I use all the time.  I installed  
> them long ago, and thus all of the relevant support files for LaTeX  
> use are on the machine.  But they are in /usr/local/gwTeX/ 
> texmf.local/fonts/, and when TeXLive200[89] got installed, a  
> directory /usr/local/texlive/texmf.local/fonts/ was created, but my  
> font files from gwTeX weren't put there and the relevant fonts  
> weren't enabled.  I have been protected from this knowledge by the  
> mistake that led me to go on using gwTeX even after I thought I had  
> switched.....
> I know this is an incredibly tedious question that has been asked  
> (and answered) many times, but could some kind soul take the time to  
> answer it again for me?  How do I go about getting the same local  
> font functionality in TeXLive that I had in gwTeX?  Since the  
> internal structure of the texmf.local/fonts directory seems to be  
> different from that in the old one, and in any case I don't remember  
> the magical incantations to make things work after this directly is  
> properly populated, I need help.
> Thanks in advance,
> -- 
> Steve Anderson


There should be corresponding folders (e.g., type1, tfm, enc (maybe),  
vf), or sub-folders thereof, in /usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-local/ 
fonts/ as in gwTeX's fonts folder. The major change between the older  
teTeX structure and the TeX Live structure is that map files are no  
longer in .../dvips/ but will go into the /usr/local/texlive/2009/ 
texmf-local/fonts/map/dvips/ folder. Any .fd and .sty files for the  
fonts will go into /usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-local/tex/latex/  
folder, or sub-folders thereof.

Once the files are in their proper place run

sudo mktexlsr

(or sudo texhash) which will let TeX ``know'' the new files exist and  
where to find them. Then you have to let drivers ``know'' where to  
find the map files by running

sudo updmap-sys --enable Map mymap.map

for each of the map files (substitute the correct name for mymap.map  
above) you have moved.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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