I am unable to install the Letter Gothic font. I downloaded the lettergothic.zip file from the ctan website. The readme file instructed me to copy some files to certain places, which I did. However, when I try to compile my document, I get the following error message: ulgothic.sty not found. I understand this because there was never any explicit .sty file that I downloaded. I am unable to find ulgothic.sty anywhere.

  • Welcome to TeX SX! What is you distribution?
    – Bernard
    May 11, 2016 at 21:10
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    There is a ulgothic.sty in ulg.zip. ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/urw/lettergothic May 11, 2016 at 21:10
  • Hi. I use MacTeX.
    – Julius
    May 11, 2016 at 21:15
  • Remove the files you installed manually and then use getnonfreefonts-sys to install URW's LetterGothic. (You can install the other fonts available, too, if you wish, although you don't have to.)
    – cfr
    May 11, 2016 at 21:33

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URW's LetterGothic can be installed using the getnonfreefonts scripts.

  1. Download the scripts from here.

  2. Follow the instructions to unzip the archive and install the script using texlua.

  3. Use sudo getnonfreefonts-sys to install the fonts on your system.

Important: do NOT use getnonfreefonts. ONLY use getnonfreefonts-sys.

The installation provides both scripts. It is crucial to choose the -sys version in order to avoid later problems. For an explanation of this, see my question and answer on this topic.

Once the font is installed, you can load the ulgothic package. However, you must also switch to the T1 font encoding as the package neither supports the default encoding, OT1, nor activates the T1 encoding automatically.

\texttt{URW's Letter Gothic}

URW LetterGothic

  • The command texlua install-getnonfreefonts is not able to create a new directory. I get the following error message: Julius:desktop julius$ texlua install-getnonfreefonts Detected System: x86_64-darwin Detected Installation: /usr/local/texlive/2015 mkdir /usr/local/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/scripts/getnonfreefonts ... [failed] Sorry, couldn't create directory /usr/local/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/scripts/getnonfreefonts Julius:desktop julius$
    – Julius
    May 28, 2016 at 10:07
  • @Julius Did you use sudo?
    – cfr
    May 28, 2016 at 13:10
  • Oops. My bad. Novice mistake. Sorry about that. :) I managed to install all the fonts. Thanks a lot.
    – Julius
    May 29, 2016 at 5:18
  • No problem. My instructions here aren't very specific in part because it can depend on how you've set things up (and whether sudo even exists on your OS).
    – cfr
    May 29, 2016 at 8:08

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