Installing a Type 1 font

Once you have a prepared Type 1 font, either direct from CTAN or the like, or having "prepared" it yourself, you can get on with installation.

The procedure is merely an extension of that for packages, etc., so much of what follows will be familiar:

  • Install the files, in your local texmf tree (the advice about installing non-standard things applies here, too). The following list gives reasonable destinations for the various files related to a font family &lsaquo;fname&rsaquo;: .pfb, .pfa .../fonts/type1/<foundry>/<fname> .tfm .../fonts/tfm/<foundry>/<fname> .vf .../fonts/vf/<foundry>/<fname> .sty, .fd .../tex/latex/<fname> .map .../fonts/map/dvips/<foundry> but if you are lucky, you will be starting from a distribution from CTAN and there is a corresponding file: using this TDS-file saves the bother of deciding where to put your files in the TDS tree.
  • Regenerate the file indexes (as described in package installation).
  • Update the dvips, pdfTeX and other maps:
  • On any current TeX Live-based system, or a teTeX v3.0 system, execute the command updmap-sys --enable Map <fname>.map as root. (If you can use updmap-sys - do; if not - presumably because your (La)TeX system was set up by someone else - you have to fall back on plain updmap, but be aware that it's a potent source of confusion, setting up map sets that might be changed behind your back.)
  • On a current MiKTeX system, update the system file updmap.cfg, using the shell command initexmf --edit-config-file updmap adding a line at the end: Map <fname>.map for each font family &lsaquo;fname&rsaquo; you are adding to the system. Now generate revised maps with the shell command initexmf --mkmaps This, and other matters, are described in MiKTeX "advanced" documentation.

Both processes (preparing and installing a font) are very well (and thoroughly) described in Philipp Lehman's guide to font installation, which may be found on CTAN.

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