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Re: pfa2pfb

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  • Subject: [mg96611] Re: pfa2pfb
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:25:58 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Uni Leipzig
  • References: <gncmbc$ffv$>
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that is nonsense, dvips work with binary *.pfb and ASCII
PostScript fonts. Just find the font map file for dvips
that comes with you Mathematica and add the texmf root
that is part of the Mathematica distribution to the
texmf roots that your TeX system searches.

If you have MikTeX or teTeX fin the fontname/
in the TeX installation root  and delete it.
This file is a false font map file, I have reported it several
times to the developers but they had other things to do than
to replace the file with the correct one that comes with


David wrote:
> It seems that Mathematica provides fonts in the following
> forms: .pfa, .tfm, .afm. I must admit I don't know what all this
> means. dvips (a program used in conjunction with TeX and LaTex)
> apparently needs the fonts in the .pfb format. How does one construct
> a file of the correct type from the fonts provided by Mathematica.
> I'm using Mathematica 5.2. I could update using my university's site
> licence if that would help.
> Apparently there are programs with names like pfa2pfb, maybe one in
> perl. Does anyone know how I can get these?
> I work on Mac Os X 10.4.11.
> Thanks
> David Epstein

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