Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 208539
xdvi tries to regenerate all txfonts every time since the last update
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:17:29 EDT
Description of problem:
Every time(*) xdvi is run, it thinks it needs to regenerate all pk font files
used in the dvi file, which takes quite some time, and generates error messages
about the file already existing, and permission denied messages on
(*) it seems to depend on the fonts used in the document; it can certainly be
reproduced if the latex file includes txfonts
(/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/txfonts/txfonts.sty from the tetex-latex package)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
tetex-3.0-20.FC5, tetex-xdvi-3.0-20.FC5, tetex-latex-3.0-20.FC5
always when running xdvi on a file that contains fonts from txfonts (and maybe
others) since the upgrade to 3.0-20.FC5
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run latex (or tex) + xdvi on a file
kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 300 --mag 0+270/300 --dpi 270 txsy
mktexpk: /var/lib/texmf/pk/modeless/public/txfonts/txsy.270pk already exists.
/usr/share/texmf/web2c/mktexupd: /var/lib/texmf/ls-R unwritable.
(and so on, for every font)
xdvi should be able to re-use preexisting font files, and generate new ones just
once, and set proper permissions on generated files such that all users can use
the problem doesn't occur with every font family, I have only managed to
reproduce it so far using txfonts.sty
The latest FC5 update is tetex-3.0-29.fc5, could you please try to reproduce it
again with this version a report back? Thanks.
Ok, done that, and the problem is still there. Here's a very simple file to test
And here the output:
$ latex txfonts-test.tex
This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.4)
entering extended mode
Babel <v3.8d> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german, ngerman, b
ahasa, basque, bulgarian, catalan, croatian, czech, danish, dutch, esperanto, e
stonian, finnish, greek, icelandic, irish, italian, latin, magyar, norsk, polis
h, portuges, romanian, russian, serbian, slovak, slovene, spanish, swedish, tur
kish, ukrainian, nohyphenation, loaded.
Document Class: article 2004/02/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/txfonts/ot1txr.fd)  (./txfonts-test.aux) )
Output written on txfonts-test.dvi (1 page, 224 bytes).
Transcript written on txfonts-test.log.
$ xdvi txfonts-test.dvi
kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 300 --mag 1+0/300 --dpi 300 rtxptmr
mktexpk: /var/lib/texmf/pk/modeless/public/txfonts/rtxptmr.300pk already
exists./usr/share/texmf/web2c/mktexupd: /var/lib/texmf/ls-R unwritable.
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The bug is not present in Fedora 7 (and higher)
Ok, closing then.