{metafont} is a system for specifying fonts.

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good gray font / gftodvi: fatal: tfm file `gray.tfm' not found

After a recent upgrade, I get this whenever I try to invoke gftodvi: % gftodvi dbend.2602gf gftodvi: fatal: tfm file `gray.tfm' not found. Considering how badly the default gray font rendered in ...
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How to distinguish between Metafont and MetaPost?

Background I'm trying to make a nice SVG out of Knuth's Dangerous Bend symbol based on his own code, for which the obvious tool to use is MetaPost. However, I'd prefer to still be able to process the ...
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Why (La)TeX can not work with true type fonts?

I know that if one wants to use true type fonts, there are solutions via xelatex or lualatex. My question however is, why it is like so? What is the fundamental difference between latex fonts and ...
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How to define a sort of reference in METAPOST?

Assume we are defining a canvas abstract data type in METAPOST, where some tasks are gathered. I would like to define a kind of reference to the last added task, but I do not know METAPOST good enough ...
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minimum steps to re-generate MF fonts

I started studying metafont. I created some basics MF, with a single char. I would like to modify existing font, but I see no 'makefile' that I can just use to tell the system 'just regenerate all ...
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Randomized drawing of individual glyphs

I was reading Knuth's "Mathematical Typography" (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 1(2):337-372) and the section "Randomization" called my attention. I quote most of it here. I'd like ...
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Can't compile text file because of metafont?

i have a complex thesis template, which i can't seem to compile. This is the output of pdftex : (/usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/oberdiek/grfext.sty) ...
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Script for using metatype to convert metafont to TTF?

In the metatype FAQ, there's a section called "I have Metafont sources of some font. How could I convert it to TrueType using Metatype?" In that, he lays out a dozen steps that really should be ...
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No spaces in a font created with Metafont

Finally I got my font created with Metafont, to appear on a PDF using LaTeX. Using the example in this answer. The problem is that I have no space between words. How can I get spacing between ...
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Metafont (or alternative ways to get your own scripts within LaTeX)

My main experience with Metafont was Christopher Grandsire's The METAFONTtutorial which I think is a good and concise description of the language and its tricks, but I've missing one important part: ...
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horizontal maya numerals (mathabx)

After researching, mathabx is the only package supporting maya numerals within tex. For example, typing $\maya{2013}$ results in: now the problem is... the numerals are rotated sideways (oddly, the ...
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Extracting purely the strokes for each glyph of a metafont

I am trying to attain a specific effect often seen on dials, gauges and telegraphs from the early 1900's e.g. from this link As these where hand-drawn these would generally use a fix-width stroke ...
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What are .gf and .pk font files?

I've recently read this very interesting thread: How (La)TeX makes use of font related files, i.e., .fd, .map, .enc, .def,etc when selecting fonts?. In the meantime, I've been playing with compiling ...
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Proper way to use LaTeX fonts in XeLaTeX

What is the proper way to use LaTeX fonts, for example calligra or other fonts from the Font Catalogue in XeLaTeX. Something like \usepackage{fontspec} \setromanfont{Calligra} doesn't work. ...
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What is Metapost/Metafont and how can I get started using it?

Inspired by Why Metapost discrimination?, I'd like to come to know Metapost far better than I do now. All I really know is that Metapost is a language for describing graphics, and Metafont is used ...
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Looking for the “conditional” sign

In a paper, I found the following definition: I'm looking for the first sign, the OCR program failed to recognize. It's something like a combination of a \vdash and a \sim. I tried Detexify, but ...
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Problem finding metafonts at compilation

I'm trying to compile a document using the latex command. This document compiles fine on other machines, but on the machine I'm currently using (Ubuntu 12.04 with texlive installed via aptitude), it ...
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Type my own font style onto my computer!

How can I use plain TeX & metafont to attain my own font-style, i.e. I want to type the words I write by my hand.
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Any known barriers preventing interactive use of Metafont

Does anyone know of any reason why it would be difficult/impossible to build an interactive user interface for Metafont ? I'm not talking about a "drawing" interface where you drag control points ...
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Why no GUI for Metafont? [closed]

Why has no-one ever created a graphical user interface for Metafont ? One can easily imagine a system that would allow interactive adjustment of the font parameters, with near-real-time display of ...
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Problems with mfplain

When I read the file mfplain into Metapost, I get about a dozen error messages complaining about redundant and inconsistent equations. It's hard to believe that there is really anything wrong with ...
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texlive using installed fonts, incomplete ifx

I have a problem with using a font in LaTeX. I installed the font via the installfont-tl script but cant use it to create the document. When I add the \usepackage{$fontname} I get an error which I ...
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Code for reading Metafont definitions

I need some C code to generate Bezier curves from Metafont source code. Ideally, I'd like to have a C/C++ function with the following specifications: Input: an array of text strings (the lines in the ...
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Customized summation symbol

I am interested in defining some customized math symbols out of existing ones. For example I would like to distinguish between different types of sums, so beside the usual symbol I would like to ...
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Generating fonts of all LaTeX math symbols

Admission of Confusion Clearly I'm confused, I'll update the question as best as I can as people point out my lack of understanding. Ultimate Goal I like the fonts that pdfLaTeX uses to create ...
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feynmf with pdflatex [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use kile with feynmf or feynmp? I would like to use feynmf, or better feynmp, with pdflatex. My first idea was to replace all the files file.[0-9]* which are ...
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How to run Metafont in TeXnicCenter

I want to create a Feynman diagram, with the feynmf package. While compiling, no error occurs, but no diagram is produced. I have searched through the net, and I found that I have to create an mf ...
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Feynmf doesn't produce feynman diagram at all in TXC

I am trying to draw a feynman diagram using feynmf in TXC. I use the following code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{feynmf} \begin{document} \unitlength = 1mm % determine the ...
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Defining commands to select different package fonts

I would like to have two different font styles in my document that are, unfortunately called by the same command. I would like to have \mathscr{} as called by the package eucal with the mathscr ...
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Using metafont in (pdf) latex

Hi I want to try out using some metafonts. I don't really care about making any of my own and after a lot of searching I have unable how to get LaTeX (inc PdfLaTeX) to use MFs. So far I have just ...
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Sample Metafont source for one character

I would just like to look at the Metafont source code for the lower-case 'a' in the Computer Modern font. Where could I find that? Or even better, if that source could be the answer to this question.
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using hobby MF font with LaTeX, adding accented characters

I created a hobby font with metafont. I would like to include some accents in the font, but I am not sure what is the standard way for accomplishing that (gogle was not very helpful), so that the font ...
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labeling points in metafont's proofs?

I am following the http://metafont.tutorial.free.fr/ tutorial, where labels is used to show given points in the proofs. I am not able to get them in my case. Can someone help? mg:=1.5; mode_setup; ...
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METAFONT can not find d7seg.mf

I write a simple file (T.tex): % T.tex \documentclass{paper} \newfont{\dviiseg}{d7seg scaled 1200} \begin{document} $\mbox{\dviiseg{c}}(c)$ \end{document} then I put the d7seg.mf to the ...
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metafont hash symbol

What does the # symbol mean when it follows a variable name. e.g. arrow_len# vs arrow_len
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Bold Typewriter Type fonts

I found out that there are cmbtt10 and cmttb10 fonts available. Unfortunately they are not used until I activate them with the \font macro, so just searching for those fonts is not possible. The ...
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Brown paper strip on page 125 of The METAFONTbook

I've borrowed a copy of The METAFONTbook from my school's library, and I'm wondering why there is a brown paper strip glued to page 125 between the text and the rings. I couldn't help but wonder if ...
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Where can metafont be obtained?

Where is the source code or executable for Knuth's metafont program? I cannot find it anywhere!
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How do I install mbboard package (MikTeX, Windows)?

This didn't help me much, 'cause this package has MF fonts and I don't have an idea to where should they go. Any help appreciated.
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How does one invoke the MiKTeX port of “mft”?

I can see that MiKTeX 2.9 (of which I use the "Portable" version) has an executable for "mft", which (if run with no arguments) will crash and print: Usage: mft inputfile changefile stylefile ...
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Nature of MetaFont Output: raster or vector?

I read that MetaFont defines vector fonts. Elsewhere it says it produces raster output. What kind of font does MetaFont really produce?
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the unthinkable: use of Metafont for greek minion letters in black board style

would it be possible to create our own greek letters in black board style from the Minion family using Metafont? It is just a matter of adding a vertical bar somewhere... Thanks
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What fonts are available for LaTeX?

I have used Computer Modern, and I love it. Is there any other complete METAFONT font that can be used with LaTeX?
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How to make sense of font metrics?

If I have a Tex font, and I want to really understand how it will be laid out by Tex, and what features of the font to bear in mind when tuning my output to be beautiful, what tools are useful for ...