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PostScript font installation

To use PostScript fonts with TeX and Dvips, you need both metric files (`.tfm' and `.vf') and the outlines (`.pfa' or `.pfb'). See section Font concepts.

To support the basic PostScript font set, the recommended (and simplest) approach is to retrieve @url{ftp://ftp.tug.org/tex/psfonts.tar.gz} and unpack it in your $(fontdir) directory (`/usr/local/share/texmf/fonts' by default). This archive contains metrics, outlines, and bitmaps (for previewing) for the 35 de facto standard fonts donated by URW and the additional high-quality freely available PostScript fonts donated by Adobe, Bitstream, and URW, including geometrically-created variants such as oblique and small caps.

`CTAN:/fonts/psfonts' contains support for many additional fonts for which you must buy outlines (Adobe, Bigelow & Holmes, Monotype, Softkey, Y&Y). `psfonts.tar.gz' is a small extract from this directory. (For CTAN info, see section `unixtex.ftp' in Kpathsea; a copy is in the top-level file `INSTALL'.)

If you have additional PostScript fonts, you can make them available to Dvips by (1) giving them with appropriate filenames; and (2) running Afm2tfm (see section Making a PostScript font available) to make TFM and VF metrics for TeX and Dvips to use. Also add them to `psfonts.map' if necessary (see section `psfonts.map': PostScript font catalog); it contains everything contained in `psfonts.tar.gz' and most fonts that come with Unix systems.

Following are locations for vendor-supplied fonts. Please mail @email{tex-k@mail.tug.org} if you find fonts elsewhere on your system.

DEC Ultrix
DEC Digital Unix
HP HP-UX 9, 10
/usr/lib/DPS/outline/base /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1
Sun SunOS 4.x
(NeWSprint only)
Sun Solaris 2

The NeXT system supplies more fonts than any others, but there's a lot of overlap.

Finally, if you have an Hewlett-Packard printer, you should be able to get Type 1 font files for the standard 35 fonts from HP, if the freely available URW Type 1's do not satisfy for whatever reason. The phone number for HP Printer Drivers is (in the United States) 303-339-7009. The driver set to ask for is Adobe Type Manager 2.51, and the disk set number is `MP210en3'. Mentioning anything other than Microsoft Windows when you ask for the driver set will likely lead to great confusion on the other end.

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