Have read (carefully, I hope) the earlier question Font installation in TeXShop on a Mac looked to be exactly what I needed. Also looked at http://www.tug.org/fonts/fontinstall.html#fndb

Am trying to install Arial from CTAN.

However, the sudo commands getnonfreefonts, texhash and updmap did not seem to be available on my system. So I have downloaded and installed MacTeX 2012 (previously had 2010), which enabled texhash and updmap, but not getnonfreefonts, and tried again.

The unzipped files went into /usr/local/texlive/2012/../texmf-local/arial which I think is right.

sudo texhash made all the right noises, as in the answer to the earlier question referred to above.

sudo updmap-sys --enable Map=ua1.map produced a limited response. I had made earlier attempts, sometimes with the wrong map name. The font is not 'working'. testfont confirms this, saying that ua1b8a (one of the .tfm files) cannot be found.

I have clearly 'screwed up' my system somewhere along the line, unless I have misunderstood something. What do I do now? Remove all traces of TeX... from my computer and start again? Or...

Sorry to be so dumb.

  • I have the similar problem and tried to install the getnonfreefonts. But my Mac doesn't know the command texlua. Really I tried it the whole day and stuck for this shit. Can you please help me? – Moritz Pfeiffer Feb 19 '13 at 21:38

Don't be dramatic! ;-) If the distribution didn't install getnonfreefonts you can install it yourself and it will do his magic in a few steps.

Download getnonfreefonts

Get the program at http://www.tug.org/fonts/getnonfreefonts/ and follow the very simple instructions on the very page I pointed. Assuming you installed the Tex Live distro system-wide, you may want to modify the commands in

sudo env PATH=$PATH texlua install-getnonfreefonts

assuming also that your PATH points to the Tex Live binaries (which should be).

Install arial-urw

You should be fine with

sudo getnonfreefonts arial-urw

and voila! Font installed. :-)

  • Many thanks. I was dumb, but now all sorted. LaTeX fonts unlocked! – Graham Howlett Dec 4 '12 at 0:20

Install the TeX Live Utility GUI, which lets you easily install fonts with a single click, etc

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