[NTG-context] mpost finds BAD TFM

Aditya Mahajan adityam at umich.edu
Mon Dec 22 20:52:03 CET 2008

On Mon, 22 Dec 2008, Hans van der Meer wrote:

> A nasty problem has surfaced that Taco Hoekwater cannot solve, because it 
> does not occur on his system. My system is Apple Macintosh 10.5.6 and I am 
> using the command "sh build.sh" to compile metapost-1.101.
> After compiling and generating with "mpost --ini mpost" the error message 
> below result when calling "make" in the manual-directory of the distribution. 
> It signals a bad tfm file, I guess because the wrong number of bytes is read. 
> Some 16/32/64 bit issue perhaps? Taco has not found it and as his compile now 
> runs "lint-free" it is difficult to imagine what can be wrong.
> Are there people in this group (preferably on Macintosh) who find the same 
> thing happening? And then are far more apt with debuggers than I am?
> Many thanks in advance.
> Hans van der Meer
> This says the logfile of the mpost run, the programcode involved is from 
> source file tfmin.w:
> This is MetaPost, version 1.101 (kpathsea version 3.5.7) (mem=mpost 
> 2008.12.22)  22 DEC 2008 17:53
> **mpman

Why is mpost 1.101 being used? The minimals have 1.110, so the sources 
should be more recent. Could the error be due to something wrong in the 


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