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Re: Possible bug

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: Possible bug
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 00:06:29 +0100 (CET)

> > The TeX fallback font `ecrm1000' is only needed in TFM format,
> > since we select T1 encoding to get the proper font mapping, but
> > not a single font used in `t1cmr.fd' is accessed actually.  IMHO
> > it would be fully sufficient to do
> > 
> >   ln -s ecrm10.tfm ecrm1000.tfm
> > 
> > which doesn't do any harm.
> That is, as long as you don't want to use your teTeX installation to
> typeset anything else, I presume.  In other words, the cygwin
> installation script could do such an ugly fix if tetex-tiny is
> installed but not tetex-base.

This is not correct.  My suggested solution always works, regardless
of the used TeX distribution:

  . The file ecrm10.tfm from the ec-fonts-mftraced package is
    completely identical to ecrm1000.tfm if produced from the standard
    EC sources.

  . The search path for TFM files can contain multiple instances of
    the same file without conflict; normally the first one is used.
    In case the user decides to install EC fonts, it probably means
    that another incarnation of ecrm1000.tfm in a different directory
    is found by kpathsea (or another file searching library), but this
    is completely irrelevant for TeX since the files are the same.


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