CTAN submission -- fontinst

Reinhard Zierke zierke at dante.de
Wed Jul 16 14:36:12 CEST 2003

----- Forwarded message from Lars Hellström -----
I have to ftp.dante.de uploaded an archive fontinst.tar.gz into /incoming.
It contains the new fontinst release (v1.926), and the license is as usual
the LPPL.

I think the following will be the best course of action with this:

2. Place the archive contents in fonts/utilities/fontinst.

3. Delete the fontinst-prerelease hierarchy, and replace it with a link to
its fontinst sibling. The reason for making a link is that there are are
references to fontinst-prerelease here and there on the 'net, and it seems
unnecessary to break them.

Short quote from the README:

Fontinst is a program that helps with installing fonts
for (La)TeX. Since it is written entirely in TeX macros,
it is completely portable.

More precisely, fontinst helps mainly with the number
crunching and shoveling parts of font installation. This
means in practice that it creates a number of files which
give the TeX metrics (and related information) for a font
family that (La)TeX needs to do any typesetting in these
fonts. Fontinst furthermore makes it easy to create fonts
containing glyphs from more than one base font, taking
advantage of e.g. "expert" font sets.

Fontinst cannot examine files to see if they contain any
useful information, nor automatically search for files
or work with binary file formats; those tasks must
normally be done manually or with the help of some other
tool, such as the pltotf and vptovf programs.

Lars Hellström
----- End forwarded message -----

Thanks for the upload.  I installed the new version in
CTAN:fonts/utilities/fontinst/ replacing the old version.
For the time being, the link CTAN:fonts/utilities/fontinst-prerelease
points to the new directory.

Reinhard Zierke
for the CTAN team

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