updmap.cfg - configuration of font mapping/inclusion for dvips and friends.
2. DESCRIPTION ▲
The file updmap.cfg is the central font configuration file of a teTeX system and is read by updmap(1). It describes if and how fonts should be included (or not included) into PS-/PDF-files. This works for Outline (Postscript Type1) and Bitmap Fonts (Postscript Type3) mostly coming from MetaFont.
updmap is a utility that creates font configuration files for dvips(1), pdftex(1), xdvi(1), ps2pk(1), gsftopk(1), dvipdfm(1) and (soon) dvipdfmx(1). In an ideal world, updmap would be unnecessary -- each of these programs would read the same configuration file to learn what fonts are available and how they should be treated. As things stand, however, each of these tools has subtly different requirements and thereby needs its own font configuration file. updmap creates font configuration files for all of these programs from a single source, updmap.cfg, allowing you to easily keep all the different configuration files in sync.
Configures if dvips (by default) should prefer bitmap fonts or outline fonts if both are available? Independent of this setting, outlines can be forced by putting "p psfonts_t1.map" into a config file that dvips reads. Bitmaps can be forced by putting "p psfonts_pk.map" into a config file. We provide such config files which can be enabled via dvips -Poutline ... resp. dvips -Ppk ...
Valid settings for dvipsPreferOutline are true / false.
Which fonts of the "Basic 35 Laserwriter Fonts" do you want to use and how are the filenames chosen? Valid settings:
URW: URW fonts with "vendor" filenames (e.g. n019064l.pfb)
URWkb: URW fonts with "berry" filenames (e.g. uhvbo8ac.pfb)
ADOBE: Adobe fonts with "vendor" filenames (e.g. hvnbo___.pfb)
ADOBEkb: Adobe fonts with "berry" filenames (e.g. phvbo8an.pfb)
Configures if dvips (by default) should download the standard 35 LaserWriter fonts into the document (set true) or should these fonts be used from the ps interpreter / printer (set false).
The user can override the default by specifying dvips -Pdownload35 built-in fonts.
Valid settings are true / false.
Should pdftex download the base 14 pdf fonts? Since some configurations (ps / pdf tools / printers) use bad default fonts, it is safer to download the fonts. The pdf files will get bigger, though.
Valid settings are true (download the fonts) or false (don't download the fonts). Adobe recommends to embed all fonts.
Should dvipdfm download the base 14 pdf fonts? Since some configurations (ps / pdf tools / printers) use bad default fonts, it is safer to download the fonts. The pdf files will get bigger, though.
Valid settings are true (download the fonts) or false (don't download the fonts).
Points to a map file, which describes a mapping from a font (called in the TeX document) to the pfb file containing the Postscript code.
Usage: Map filename.map
Similar to Map. It should be used when there is Type1 and a bitmap implementation of the font (the latter mostly coming from MetaFont). These entries will not be used in the default map of dvips if dvipsPreferOutline is set to false.
Usage: MixedMap filename.map
The sign # precedes a comment.
Not used Map files should be commented out using the string #! at the beginning of the line. These entries can be (de-)activated using updmap with the options --enable and --disable.
3. SPECIAL TO DEBIAN ▲
In Debian the file updmap.cfg is a generated file sitting in /var. It is generated by concatenating the *.cfg files from /etc/texmf/updmap.d/. These files follow the syntax of updmap.cfg, but contain only parts of it.
4. AUTHOR ▲
This manual page was written by Hilmar Preusse <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system by simply copying the comments from updmap.cfg and rewriting some of them. It may be used by other distributions without contacting the author. Any mistakes or omissions in the manual page are my fault; inquiries about or corrections to this manual page should be directed to me (and not to the primary author).
5. SEE ALSO ▲
6. THANKS TO ▲
Frank Kuester, Thomas Esser.