[tex-live] MacTeX -- xpdf

John Collins collins at phys.psu.edu
Wed Apr 24 13:49:57 CEST 2013

On 4/23/13 5:45 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> Well, the very first thing we did after he bought the laptop was to
> install macports in order to get a recent release of subversion.
> Collaboration would be very difficult without access to the SVN server
> on my Raspberry Pi at home.
> I already installed xpdf, created a symlink pdftops -> xpdf-pdftops, but
> got errormessages about missing fonts when running my script.  Because
> he needs his machine in order to write his thesis and I can't login
> remotely ATM, I couldn't investigate and I simply ran the script on my
> machine.  Maybe we have to install ssh as well.

You are probably getting messages about missing Base-14 fonts 
(Times-Roman, Helvetica, etc).  This is because the xpdfrc file 
installed in /opt/local/etc by MacPorts is incorrect.  The lines 
specifying the mapping of the Base-14 fonts are commented out.

Merely uncommenting these lines won't work because they give the wrong 
path to the pfb files.  To get them to work, the following procedure 
should work:

1.  Install the MacPorts package urw-fonts, if it is not already installed.

2. Uncomment the lines beginning #displayFontT1 in /opt/local/etc/xpdfrc 
by removing the initial # character.

3. In these lines, change /opt/local/share/ghostscript/fonts/ to 

Alternatively, you could adjust the path for the pfb files to use the 
path for the fonts installed with MacTeX's ghostscript.  (What you need 
to do is find the locations of files named n021003l.pfb etc.)

After there is an update of xpdf in MacPorts, you'll probably find you 
need to make the above change to xpdfrc again.


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