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Re: Different font behavior between kernel and front-end

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg65201] Re: Different font behavior between kernel and front-end
  • From: kalymereau at yahoo.fr
  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 05:45:41 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <dvbikn$i61$1@smc.vnet.net><dvdi1v$9u3$1@smc.vnet.net>
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Thank you Jens-Peer


> the kernel *need* the FrontEnd to render the Mathematica fonts,
> because the font metric (i.e. the width of the glyphs) is only
> known by the FrontEnd -- the Kernel never read the metric files
> and don't know the size of the glyphs and can't place the glyphs
> without the FrontEnd.

That's a very strange feature for a 1000$ software. For long
calculations it is much better to run command-line (especially on
servers managing a queue for batch jobs), and there is no reason why I
should not use special symbols in the output plots. many graphical
programs can run command-line while exporting special fonts to .eps
output for example.


> You must launch the FrontEnd form the kernel like webMathematica
> does.

I don't have webMathematica. How do I launch the FrontEnd from the
kernel ? And what happens if there is no X-server running ?

Thank you very much


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