Re: Which fonts do I need to make Linux Stop Chirping?
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- Subject: [mg37054] Re: Which fonts do I need to make Linux Stop Chirping?
- From: Steven <hattons at speakeasy.net>
- Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 05:25:56 -0400 (EDT)
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P.J. Hinton wrote: > On Fri, 4 Oct 2002, Steven wrote: > >> I came across this, and thought I would share. This may be OBE if the >> font >> selection is better in 4.2. I'll that installed by this time >> tomorrow...I hope. >> >> http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/math.html >> >> I started reading through this list, and had visions of recursively >> downloading the entire internet looking for the font's I really need. >> Anybody know what fonts I should have installed on my SuSE box to satisfy >> Mathematica's default expectations? > > The contents of the page at this URL are interesting, but probably not > relevant for your purposes. That's kind'o' what I thought. [snip - history lesson - thanks] > The second generation is used by Mathematica 4.2. There are seven > families named Mathematica1 - Mathematica7. Where is the documentation for installing these? This is dated: http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/linux/interface/fonterrors.html I grabbed these off the net: http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/linux/general/latestfonts.html http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/linux/general/MathBDF_42.tar.gz http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/linux/general/MathPCF_42.tar.gz http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/linux/general/MathT1_42.tar.gz > su - ****** # cd /usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/ # mkdir -p local/mma # cd local/mma # tar xvfz /download/com/wri/MathBDF_42.tar.gz # tar xvfz /download/com/wri/MathPCF_42.tar.gz # tar xvfz /download/com/wri/MathT1_42.tar.gz # xemacs /etc/X11/XF86Config .... # grep FontPath /etc/X11/XF86Config FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/kwintv:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/Type1" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/uni:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/mma/BDF" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/mma/PCF" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/mma/T1" # SuSEconfig .... # init 3 [assuming you are already at a TTY console] # init 5 > Aside from the math fonts, the front end should be able to function > properly provided that you have a font that supports the encoding for your > chosen locale. The style sheets bundled with the front end use only > Times, Helvetica, and Courier. Should these fonts not be available on > your system, the front end has some substitution rules. > > For example, the Windows front end knows to use the fonts Times New Roman, > Arial, and Courier New. The X Window System ships with bitmap versions of > Times, Helvetica, and Courier as well as an outline of Courier. If one of > these fonts must be drawn at a size for which there are no bitmaps, > outline fonts provided with Mathematica are used. Helvetica is aliased to > Swiss721, and Times is aliased to Utopia through a fonts.alias file in the > Mathematica fonts directory. This is what I find anoying. Every time Mathematica does one of these substitutions, it beeps. This is what I'm calling a font fault. It's like the boy who cried wolf. I start ignoring beeps. It also bothers me that I am not seeing what the author had intended. I *believe* it is the author of the notebook or help document who determines what fonts should be used. This is a point of confusion. When I opened a help page, and didn't like the size of the fonts, I tried to adjust them without the desired result. I now believe the proper remedy is to use magnification, not a font adjustment. I have far fewer chirps (beeps) in 4.2, but I do get them when changing the magnification. > Under MacOS and Windows, you should be albe to use whatever fonts are > available on your system. Under X, things are a little more complicated. > The front end can display whatever fonts are made available to your X > server, but it can generate PostScript only for those fonts where an Adobe > Font Metric (AFM) file is available. If you wish to display or print the > PostScript, you must also make the Type 1 font file available to the > rendering device. This is for another day. I believe I have done this in years gone by, but, for now, I just want to get the optimal behavior form the crt. [snip] Here's my question in a nutshell. When I do xlsfonts, what should be listed in order to run Mathematica 4.2 and not experiece font faults generated by content provided on the CD? Please note that I *just* finished installing the fonts off the web, so I'm not sure what, if any problems still remain. I suspect the helvetica faults will still occur. STH