[tex-live] Adding fonts [was: TeXlive 2010 on XP]

Alister Mitchell alister.mitchell at btinternet.com
Tue Feb 8 20:03:59 CET 2011

Hi Tomek and Lars.
I'm afraid that although I've been using LaTeX for a few years to set a 
number of articles for internet publication as PDFs, I've never been able to 
work out how to change fonts within a document.  At one time, I did manage 
to change the font for the whole document to Palatino, but that's one of the 
fonts which come with the installation.
I'm afraid I use Windows (XP and 7) and I've alsways used the TeXlive 
distribution from TUG, which I find to be excellent.  Any difficulty is 
entirely due to my incompetence!  I have the standard books but I've never 
understood the way TeX finds its fonts.  Thus I've never been able to crack 
adding fonts - particularly not TTF fonts.
A friend sent me a document which uses a simulated typewriter font 
(typical.ttf) and switches back and forth to it from something else. 
Obviously, I can use his source as a template for actually changing the font 
but adding it to the system is the problem.  He suggested that the TTF font 
can be added as described in:
It appears that these instructions (which work, as far as generating the 
various files is concerned) work on MiKTeX but assume a different structure 
and utilities from TeXlive.  Or is it that I'm using the 2007 system, and 
things have moved on?  I have searched the web for similar instructions 
which will work but have had no success.  If anyone can point me in the 
right direction, I'd be grateful.
Having used the system for ages, I really should know more about how it 


Alister J Mitchell GM3UDL
(Glasgow, Scotland)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "T T" <t34www at googlemail.com>
To: "Alister Mitchell" <alister.mitchell at btinternet.com>
Cc: <tex-live at tug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: [tex-live] TeXlive 2010 on XP

On 8 February 2011 16:50, Alister Mitchell
<alister.mitchell at btinternet.com> wrote:
> All now resolved - it was a problem this end. TeXlive 2010 installs very
> well and I notice it doesn't even touch a pre-existing version of perl,

It would be pretty bad engineering on our part to interfere with
already installed software.  FYI, in case you want to use your
existing perl installation with TL, there was recently a change in
this respect:


> which is very useful to me. Now all I need to do is find out how to change
> font - well documented in MiKTeX but apparently not for TeXlive, or maybe
> I'm missing something (as usual).

WDYM by changing font?  Where do you want to change it?  This needs
further explanation.



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