[tex-live] Missing Ligatures after 'dvips -Ppdf'

Uwe Siart uwe.siart at tum.de
Mon May 4 09:27:27 CEST 2009

Dear all,

in recent texlive with kpfonts v3.02 all ff-Ligatures are missing in the
.ps output when the 'Ppdf' option is used with dvips. A minimal example
to reproduce the defect is

% ---------------------------
\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{kpfonts}
\begin{document}
Koffer
\end{document}
% ---------------------------

It appears that this is due to character shifting enabled in config.pdf
(option "G"). Comparison to MiKTeX shows that this option has been
disabled there hence the problem does not appear in MiKTeX.

I'm unable to assess whether this is an issue with kpfonts 3.02 or
whether character shifting is (in general) a risky action which should
be avoided at all. Therefore I'd like to encourage you to check whether
texlive should follow MiKTeX's modality and disable character shifting
in config.pdf.

--
Uwe