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I am trying to get the Molecular Biology and Evolution journal article template to build. I have limited experience with LaTeX except as a consumer of existing packages.

The linked zip file contains two sub zips, the one I have been attempting to get to compile is "MBE_LaTeX.zip" (the other lacks necessary class files etc.).

Freshly extracted, latex MBE-Sample.tex results in a failure so:


kpathsea: Running mktextfm CRONOS
/usr/share/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Could not map source abbreviation C for CRONOS.
/usr/share/texmf/web2c/mktexnam: Need to update /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/map/dvips/skak/special.map?
mktextfm: Running mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input CRONOS
This is METAFONT, Version 2.718281 (TeX Live 2009/Debian)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf CRONOS
! I can't find file `CRONOS'.
<*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input CRONOS

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> ...:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input CRONOS

Transcript written on mfput.log.
grep: CRONOS.log: No such file or directory
mktextfm: `mf-nowin -progname=mf \mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input CRONOS' failed to make CRONOS.tfm.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.

! Font LY1/ptm/m/n/10=CRONOS at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not foun
<to be read again> 
l.100 \fontencoding\encodingdefault\selectfont

! Emergency stop.
<to be read again> 
l.100 \fontencoding\encodingdefault\selectfont

No pages of output.
Transcript written on MBE-Sample.log.

This appears to be related to this question, but I am unable to figure out the correct name/installation for the CRONOS font (it is provided in the Fonts directory in the zip file).

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Whoever downvoted this question, it would be helpful to leave a comment suggesting how it might be improved. –  Alan Munn Nov 20 '13 at 5:39
MBE.cls is absolutely hopeless. The sample file, the class and the support packages seem to be written with the assumption that the Y&Y TeX system is installed. The supplied fonts seem to lack all the tfm files needed to make them work with TeX (that's where our errors come from). I would suggest you contact the journal editors to ask what kind of PDF they will accept, and then try to achieve that with standard LaTeX classes and packages. –  Dan Nov 21 '13 at 6:05
Yes, from my reading of the code, that was my view of it too. I have contacted the journal and hope to get some help from there. Thanks for your help. –  kortschak Nov 21 '13 at 6:25

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