[tex-k] dvips -G1 bugfix: testing needed

Thomas Esser te@informatik.uni-hannover.de
Thu, 11 Apr 2002 20:39:11 +0200


Tomas Rokicki just has finnished an important bugfix concerning the
character shifting feature of dvips.

The bug which is not hopefully fixed is that character shifting when
activated e.g. via -G1 or -Ppdf has not checked whether the used slots
for remapping are free in the font or not.

The old bug can be reproduced, e.g. by running dvips -G1 on the dvi file
from the following TeX source:
  \font\x=ptmr7t\x fi\bye

You can help us a lot by applying the new patch and reporting success
or a problem with the new patch (please try on dvi files loading lots
of fonts not just the above mini-example). Since we are close to a new
TeX Live release, it'd be great to get this patch quickly tested.

To try it out, you need:

  gzip -dc < teTeX-src-beta-20020402.tar.gz | tar xvf -
  gunzip teTeX-src-beta-20020402-expdvips.patch.gz
  cd teTeX-src-beta-20020402
  patch -p1 -s < ../teTeX-src-beta-20020402-expdvips.patch

and either build everything or just dvips, e.g.
  cd texk; ./configure; cd dvipsk; make dvips

For a full build (installation notes in QuickInstall), you might need
the texmf tree of teTeX-beta: