[NTG-context] (RSFS) font installation

Stefan Müller warrence.stm at gmx.de
Thu Mar 17 17:53:58 CET 2011

On 17.03.2011 16:04, mathew wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 04:05, Stefan Müller<warrence.stm at gmx.de>  wrote:
>> I'm using Windows Vista 64bit and installed the rsfs font by right-clicking
>> the .pfm files. I thought I had to use the .pfb files, but Windows did not
>> recognize those and didn't show "Install" in the context menu. After
>> installing the .pfm files I could find them in "C:\Windows\Fonts".
> .pfb is "Printer Font, Binary".
> .pfa is "Printer Font, ASCII".
> .pfm is Printer Font Metrics, binary.
> .afm is Adobe Font Metrics, ASCII.
> Typically each font will have a set of outlines in a pfb or pfa file,
> and a set of metrics in a pfm or afm file. For Windows, you want the
> pfb and pfm files.
>> Is this a typo and do you mean .pfm file? Otherwise I don't get it. Should I
>> just copy the .pfb files to "C:\Windows\Fonts", too? Did something went
>> wrong with installation?
> On Windows 7, the OS will identify only the .pfm file as the actual
> font. However, when you install the font by opening it and clicking
> the "Install" button, Windows invisibly locates the matching .pfb file
> from the same directory, and copies them both to the C:\Windows\Fonts
> directory.
> It then hides the separate files from you. However, you can open the
> command line prompt and cd to \windows\fonts and use dir to see them.

Yeah, I just figured that out. I love that about Windows...

>> fonts           | names | identifying system font files with suffix otf
>> fonts           | names | adding path from OSFONTDIR: c:/windows/fonts
>> fonts           | names | adding path from fontconfig file: c:/windows/fonts
>> in the output, so I guess OSFONTDIR is correct (where would I change it,
>> anyway?) as "c:/windows/fonts" is considered.
> Yes, looks like it's correct.
> You'd change it by setting an environment variable.
> http://www.itechtalk.com/thread3595.html

Yes, I thought so. I just asked, because I couldn't find an environment 
variable with that name. Even after "setuptex.bat" typing "echo 
%OSFONTDIR%" did only print "%OSFONTDIR%" and not a list of paths, as I 

>> Here mtxrun tries to identify
>> fonts with a number of "suffixes". It only consideres otf, ttf, ttc, dfont
>> and afm (and caps versions). Shouldn't there be pfm or pfb as well?
> On Linux, it seems to scan for .afm files, as that's what Linux
> expects and installs in preference to pfm. I'd expect the Windows
> version to scan for .pfm, but I've never run any kind of TeX under
> Windows.
> To be honest, I did have problems getting LuaTeX and XeTeX to
> recognize the PostScript fonts installed with GhostScript, so I
> eventually removed them from my font path. My general conclusion is
> that life is a lot, lot simpler if you throw away all your Type 1
> fonts and replace them with OpenType versions. (I used fontforge to
> convert the few that I really wanted to keep.)
> Also, if you can find out what TeX is looking for, there are tools to
> convert between pfb and pfa, and between afm and pfm.
> mathew

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