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Installing LaTeX fonts on Ubuntu Maverick

Postby jaybz » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:56 pm

I'm using TeX Live in Ubuntu Maverick. How do I install additional LaTeX fonts from CTAN?
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Postby frabjous » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:40 pm

Are there some fonts in particular that you wanted?

Have you tried installing the latex-fonts-extra Ubuntu/Debian package?

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Postby jaybz » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:10 pm

I installed latex-fonts-extra when I installed TexLive still there's various other fonts I'd like to try.
After Googling I guess the font manager for TexLive is called fontinst.
Typing: fontinst --help didn't return anything in the terminal but I did find a readme in:
And the file intro98.pdf in:


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Postby ycheng » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:39 pm

To install latex fonts for Texlive manually, in general one could follow the steps (I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS):

1. Download the TDS-structured trees for the font packages from CTAN, e.g. Unzip it to your personal directory $TEXMFHOME (in my case, it is ~/texmf) or system directory, i.e.:

  1. unzip -d ~/texmf/

2. Update the database (no root, no sudo), i.e.:

  1. texhash ~/texmf/

3. Update the font-map files by enabling the Map file, e.g.

  1. updmap -enable

OR alternatively, manually edit your font-map file "updmap.cfg", in my case, it is located at ~/.texmf-config/web2c/updmap.cfg, just simply add a new line into the file:



These steps would work for installing most of the latex fonts downloaded from CTAN into your TexLive system.

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