[tex-live] Conflits in gsfonts packge and tex-live distro

Pander pander at users.sourceforge.net
Fri May 22 08:44:32 CEST 2009

Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 20 May 2009 Pander wrote:
> Walter Schmidt created the TeX support files (tfm, map, ... -files)
> and is maintaining them, plus a set of LaTeX macros, plus the
> associated fonts.
> *** You cannot use these font metrics with any other font. ***
> One reason Walter decided to use the original URW fonts is that they
> had been regarded as replacements for the built-in printer fonts.
> People can use the URW fonts for previewing and the built-in printer
> fonts for printing.  In this case it doesn't make sense to add any new
> glyphs because they will not appear on paper anyway.
> IMO the gsfonts are obsolete.  There are the TeX Gyre fonts now which
> contain Cyrillic and Vietnamese glyphs too, and Greek, Slovenian,...
> Each font file contains abt. 1200 glyphs and almost all Latin
> languages are supported (maybe support for some rare African scripts
> is missing).  There are real small caps and oldstyle numerals...
> I think that it's best to replace gsfonts by them former or later.
> Last time I asked Jacko whether he wants to ask Ghostscript developers
> to ship gs with TeX Gyre, he said "Not yet, maybe later.", but this
> had been a few years ago.  Maybe it's worthwhile to ask him again.

Did anyone ask Jacko or Ghostscript developers about this situation and
that the "maybe later" could be in 2009?

> Regards,
>   Reinhard

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