[Pkg-fonts-devel] Duplicate but different 35 PS core fonts in texlive and ghostscript [was: xfonts-scalable: Utopia has been Free software for a good amount of time]

Fabian Greffrath fabian at greffrath.com
Mon Oct 8 12:57:56 UTC 2012

Am 08.10.2012 02:47, schrieb Norbert Preining:
> Ah, now I remember the old story ... thanks for digging out that.
> Yes, there are problems with that, and AFAIR they have never been resolved.
> So I guess the best is to either convince gs people to use proper
> handling of font names, or to keep the fonts separate.

I have taken the time to analyze "Nimbus Sans L Regular" as provided 
by CTAN in 'uhvr8a-105.pfb' and by Ghostscript in 'n019003l.pfb' with 
sfddiff (part of fontforge). The differences are not only marginal!

I have posted the result to gs-devel and have been told there, that 
CTAN's version includes additional glyphs, especially Cyrillic ones, 
which might be a hint that it's not the pristine font supplied by URW, 
but maybe an early modification:


Who can I talk to to finally resolve this issue? I have added the two 
email addresses of Walter Schmidt (listed as base35 and psnfss 
packages maintainer on CTAN) that I could find to CC.

  - Fabian

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