How can I include the proofsheet of a letter produced by Metafont in a LaTeX document? This occurs several times in the Metafontbook, e. g. on page 96 and on page 103.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! As far as I know, those proofsheets are inserted in post-production.
    – egreg
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 22:05
  • @egreg -- confirmed. that was the only viable method in 1984. Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 23:24
  • Knuth writes on his website that the volumes of Computers and Typesetting were completely new built with modern technology in 2012/2013. This has perhaps brought a change.
    – wehro
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 18:45

1 Answer 1


As far as I know, the proofs are inserted in postproduction. However, one can produce a PDF file quite easily.

I copied io.mf in a working directory and ran

mf io

to get io.2602gf. Then I ran

mktextfm gray
mktextfm black

(see Metafont Book - problems with gray.tfm and displaying "experiment 2") and then

gftodvi io.2602gf; dvips io.ps -o; ps2pdf io.ps

to obtain io.pdf. Finally, the test file





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