I've made some modifications to my TeX installation outside of the TeX Live Utility, which I use primarily, as a convenient way to keep my installation up to date. For example, I've added some fonts manually followed by texhash, and some others using getnonfreefonts.

Does that mean that after each time I run TeXLive Utility (or tlmgr), I need to rerun any and all other config tools I might have used outside of TeX Live (e.g., texhash or udmap)?

  • No. Why should it be necessary?
    – egreg
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 22:31
  • @egreg: A comment on a another post made me wonder, and I'm not familiar enough with the tools to know how they interact.
    – orome
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 22:34

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If you install fonts in the "local" tree (/usr/local/texlive/texmf-local) then you'll run updmap-sys for making them known to the system and no intervention should be necessary in case tlmgr updates font related packages.

The getnonfreefonts-sys tool just does this automatically.

The situation would be very different if you installed fonts in your personal tree (~/texmf on GNU/Linux systems or ~/Library/texmf on Mac OS X) and made them known with updmap (or you used getnonfreefonts).

In this case changes made to the system wide font map would not be reflected in the personal font map that updmap has created. Therefore it's always best to do "global" font installations and updmap should be run each time an update to TeX Live acts on font related packages.

  • Likewise for fonts I add manually followed by texhash I assume, as long as I put them in /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local?
    – orome
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 3:50
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    @raxacoricofallapatorius mktexlsr (the real name of texhash is automatically performed by tlmgr after any update and it acts also on the local tree.
    – egreg
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 9:48

If you installed your fonts in TEXMFHOME, check the box for "Automatically enable fonts in my home directory" in TeX Live Utility's preferences, and it will run updmap for you after an update/install.

  • Very useful feature, although I think it's better to install fonts in $TEXMFLOCAL.
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 3, 2014 at 21:28
  • Well, I think it's better not to install fonts in either location, and just use XeTeX :). There are good arguments on either side, but this was something that several long-time users found helpful. Commented Sep 3, 2014 at 21:37
  • By the way, welcome to TeX.SX!
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 3, 2014 at 22:05

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