I'm trying to insert one font from txfont package in my plain TeX file, but I cannot understand some aspects of this font distribution.

The font I would use is the txmi1; so, how can TeX use this font? The distribution gives only its tfm file, and there is no pfb file related to it. The only pfb files I can use are the txmia and rtxmi ones, in which the slots for the lowercase letters (a,b,...,z) are empty. Thus, even if I write the simpliest line \font\aaa=txmi1 and then, for istance, {\aaa fghi}, the output is empty.

The documentation of the txfont package (page 28 in the a4 form) shows how the txmi1 exists and in LaTeX can be used, but I cannot understand how to use it in plain TeX.

  • I have to add an important note: TeX gives no output, and dvips gives an error too, but if I compile with pdftex no errors appear, and even the font is shown.
    – Martino
    Jul 14, 2015 at 14:42
  • If you get errors you should place the exact errors from the log in a {} block in the question. Jul 14, 2015 at 14:55

1 Answer 1


It's a virtual font (.vf) but should work just as a normal font:

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abc [{\zz abc} ]


The font should be

$ kpsewhich txmi1.vf
  • Is that command that gives me no output. Is it possible that dvips gives trouble?
    – Martino
    Jul 14, 2015 at 14:08
  • @Lorenzo works for me with pdftex and tex/dvips/ps2pdf. You presumably don't have all the font installed, or the map entry for dvips or .... You should get a warning from tex or dvips or ps2pdf or something if the fonts do not appear at the end/ Jul 14, 2015 at 14:53
  • Whoever downvoted, why? I can't even guess? Jul 14, 2015 at 15:18
  • That's right, my dvi viewer shows a warning. About the font installation, I'm sure I've installed all of those, even if I do not insert the fd files, which are required in LaTeX
    – Martino
    Jul 14, 2015 at 15:23
  • the warning is the following: C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\dvips.exe: ! Couldn't find font file n021023l.pfb
    – Martino
    Jul 14, 2015 at 16:09

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