[tex-live] TL 2003: mktexnam always uses fontmaps

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Tue May 25 20:38:30 CEST 2004

Jan Vida writes:

> As part of its initialization, mktexnam processes file mktex.opt, which in
> turn processes mktex.cnf (around line 90). It is in this file that
> MT_FEATURES is defined as "appendonlydir:varfonts:fontmaps".

Interesting.  mktex.cnf is of course the file that you should edit to
set (or get rid of) these kinds of options.

> As using fontmaps is considered a last resort (by comments in mktexnam),
> the initialization should be probably shortened to "appendonlydir:
> varfonts", unles there's some need for "fontmaps" I overlooked by
> accident.

Well, in the kpathsea sources, mktex.cnf only contains commented-out
examples.  _I_ consider using the fontmaps a last resort because they
often give results that vary wildly from the way files are currently
placed in the texmf tree (and I don't see anyone eager to go add all
the special cases in special.map).  Evidently someone, somewhere,
disagreed with me.

My personal preference is for this default to be changed.  However, I
don't consider myself the right person to mess with that part of the

Olaf Weber

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