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Re: [Groff] Times-Roman v. Nimbus Roman No9 L Regular.

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Times-Roman v. Nimbus Roman No9 L Regular.
Date: Tue, 03 May 2016 11:38:03 +0100

Hi Werner,

> Hmm.  It seems that Arch Linux doesn't set up the URW fonts.  Bad.

They deliberately try to alter upstream as little as possible, AIUI.
shows the PKGBUILD file that defines how to build the upstream source.
Is there some groff configuration that is missing to have the U foundry
appear, or is it more the distribution has to apply its knowledge of
what fonts from where are available and tailor devpdf/download?

> Attached is what I get for input file `' containing
>   groff -P -y -P U -Tpdf > z.pdf

Ah, no mention of Times, and Nimbus embedded.  It's a big file though,
~120,000 bytes compared with ~4,000 if -Tps and ps2pdf is used to also
embed Nimbus.  I guess the latter picks just certain runes?

And that's with gropdf, the ditroff → PDF stage.  Presuambly, troff has
used Times' metrics before that?  (It could well be the metric
differences are minute and there just to avoid copyright hassle?)

Cheers, Ralph.

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