[metapost] Metapost and fonts

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Tue Feb 13 09:29:29 CET 2007

Geoff Russell wrote:
> Hi Metaposters,
> I'm writing a metapost driver for the statistical software R and am having some
> font problems.
> I produce a metapost file xxx.mp which uses font name "Times-Roman",
> "Times-Bold"
> etc and have prologues:=1
> I run mpost on xxx.mp and end up with xxx.1 containing lines like:
>     ...
>     %%DocumentFonts: Times-Roman Times-Italic Times-Bold
>     %%BeginProlog
>      /Times-Roman /Times-Roman def
>      /Times-Italic /Times-Italic def
>     ...
> This displays fine with imagemagick.
> I'm then using mptopdf xxx.1 and the fonts aren't found.  I know I can
> fix this if I use the abbreviated font names that appear in the pdftex.map
> file, but is there a way that enables me to keep the "proper" font
> names --- imagemagick seems to cope with them.

This is a problem in mptopdf, so I have added Hans Hagen to
the recipient list.

The problem is caused by mptopdf's assumption that the files
it has to convert are created by TeX, so there must be a tfm
file present. Whether this can be solved, I do not know.

Cheers, Taco

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