# Latex problem

Jerome BENOIT 520066587150-0001@t-online.de
Fri Jun 22 15:58:00 GMT 2001

```Please go around by using `pdflatex'
personlay I am not very famillar with this tool.

Actually, I guess pdflatex and pdftex are best way (for the moment)
under Cygwin.

Good pdfLaTeXing !
Jerome BENOIT

>
> I've followed your threads on Latex installation for a while now.  Just never
> have the time to attempt it.  I seem to have stumbled through it successfully
> to a point.  I can currently build a dvi file, and can even use dvips.  However,
> I wanted to be able to convert to a PDF file so I could use acrobat (reader) as
> a previewer.  I don't really want to pull up an x server just to view my
> document.  I guess I would prefer to use a Win32 based dvi viewer, but there
> doesn't seem to be one by default (as part of the cygwin system).  This seems
> reasonable, since the rest of the system is a port, not platform specific new
> development.  So, in trying to build a PDF file, I've got the following
> problems:
>         I needed to install the xFree86 DLL files so that gs would run in batch
>                 mode.  A minor nuisance, but no big deal.
>         dvipdfm complains it can't find a fonts.map file.  Neither can I, not even
>                 on a solaris installation of Latex that works fine.  Where should this
>                 file be, and where does it come from?  Is it related to texfonts.map in                 \$TEXMF/fontname/ ?
>         dvipdfm proceeds to create various fonts for me, such as ptmb8r.1493pk.
>                 Which it then leaves in the CWD.  As far as I can tell, it should be
>                 trying to put them in \$VARTEXFONTS (from texmf.cnf) which is
>                 /var/tmp/texfonts (which does exist).
>         After a few "successful" font builds as described above, dvipdfm chokes
>                 on a font.  I end up with the following messages:
>                         kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag 1+0/600 \
>                                 --dpi 600 lcircle10
>                         mktexpk: Mismatched mode ljfour and resolution 600; ignoring mode.
>                         mktexpk: Running mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1+0/600; nonstopmode; \
>                                 input lcircle10
>                         This is METAFONT, Version 2.7182 (Web2C 7.3.3)
>                         I can't find the base file `mf.base'!
>                         grep: lcircle10.log: No such file or directory
>                         mktexpk: `mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1+0/600; nonstopmode; input \
>                                 lcircle10' failed to make lcircle10.600pk.
>                         kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
>                         lcircle10: Can't locate a Type 1, TTF, PK, or virtual font file
>
>                         Not sure how to proceed.  For now this is fatal
>                         Maybe in the future, I'll substitute some other font.
>
>                         Output file removed.
>         Is the problem just that I'm missing mf.base?  I have an mf.pool.  Can
>                 I copy it from another machine?  Or am I missing a whole metafont
>                 installation?
>
> Can you shed any light upon this?
>
> On Fri, Jun 22, 2001 at 08:25:23PM +0200, Jerome BENOIT wrote:
> > You have to install a TeX Directory Structure suitable for teTeX:
> >
> > Re: tetex-beta-20001218 (can not use it after setup on Cygwin)
> >
> > Thanks,
> > and Happy LaTeXing !
> > Jerome BENOIT

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