[OS X TeX] tlmgr generate updmap problem...

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Nov 5 15:59:56 EST 2009

On Nov 5, 2009, at 1:57 PM, Thierry wrote:

> Hello,
> I have installed the lastest version of texlive-2009 on my mac  
> (mactex-2009-nov-4.mpkg).
> I have a lot of personnal map files I would like to put into  
> updmap.cfg.
> For that I would like to use the
> 'tlmgr generate updmap'
> procedure with a local file
> 'updmap-local.cfg' in my 'library/texmf/web2c/' folder.
> The problem is that the command 'sudo tlmgr generate updmap' does  
> not seem to do anything at all.
> If I try without the 'sudo', it says:
> Cannot open /usr/local/texlive/2009/texmf-config/web2c/updmap.cfg  
> for writing: Permission denied at /usr/local/texlive/2009/tlpkg/ 
> TeXLive/TLUtils.pm line 2415.
> With the 'sudo', no message at all...
> After that, when I use 'sudo updmap', I have no trace of my own map  
> files.
> Any ideas/advices?
> For the moment I use my old method: put my Map commands into a local  
> copy of the updmap.cfg file.
> It works, but I understand that it is not the best way to do it.
> Thanks in advance,
> Thierry


A personal version of the pdftex.map, etc., files are created in  
~/.texlive2009/ not in your personal tree at ~/Library/texmf/. Take a  
look there.

Also, for personal maps you need to invoke

updmap --enable Map mymap.map

for each of the map files you want to activate. NOTE: there is no sudo  
used for personal map since that would create the files with root as  
owner in your personal texlive2009 tree.

I usually discourage doing things this way. I'd install the fonts in  
the proper subdirectories of /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/, run

sudo mktexlsr

and then

sudo -H updmap-sys --enable Map mymap.map

for each mymap.map file you wish to activate. If you keep the fonts in  
your personal texmf tree (~/Library/texmf/) leave out the -H option  
which tells sudo to use root's home directory rather than your home  
directory. Make sure you delete everything in your ~/.texlive2009/  
directory since that will be found first.

If you have lots of maps to enable I'd create a script to save you time.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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