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Re: URW font download link not valid

From: Dale Snell
Subject: Re: URW font download link not valid
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 19:28:05 -0700

On Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 3:41 PM Jean Louis <bugs@gnu.support> wrote:
> configure:
>   No URW fonts in .pfb format were found on your system, URW fonts
>   generation for 'devpdf' will not work properly.  These fonts can be
>   downloaded here:
>     http://downloads.ghostscript.com/public/fonts/urw-base35-v1.10.zip
> Configure is complaining. But urw fonts are not at that link.
> I am using git groff latest. Maybe it has to be updated to proper link.

The base-35 fonts are no longer maintained on the Artifex Software /
Ghostscript web site.  Nor are they on the URW++ web site.  Rather,
they are on Github.  There are two web pages:




The URW++ page has version 2.00 of the base-35 fonts, dated 2016.  The
Artifex page has the same fonts, but with some bug fixes, and is dated
2017.  It also has the current fontconfig configuration files, so
that's probably what I'd download.

That said, the error you're getting from configure almost certainly
has a different source.  The files are very likely on your system
already, but the names have been changed.  The original, very cryptic
file names have been changed to more readable names.  (Well, mostly.)
Alas, configure is still looking for the original filenames.
Actually, it's only looking for one file; one of the Gothic fonts, if
I recall correctly.  The URW base-35 fonts should be in your system
fonts directory.  Something like


(which is where it is on my Fedora 29 system). In that directory, make
a symbolic link from "URWGothic-Book.t1" to "a010013l.pfb".  Configure
should be able to find the URW fonts that way.

I went through much the same thing some months back, and I'm writing
this from my admittedly imperfect memory.  I'd suggest checking the
Groff mailing list archives for the emails about the problems I had.
Scrolling back through my Gmail list, I see that it was in March of
this year.  If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to post

I hope this helps.

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