Friday, 16 May 2008

Fixing dvips

We have a lovely shiney (the case really is!) new computer named Lewis. (This is after Lewis Hamilton, because he is so fast).

Anyway, it was super fast to build and amazingly the whole kit works, even the processor fan started so our new core2duo didn't melt. Mandriva 2008.1 installed quicker than it takes our old laptops to boot up. Now I have to iron out all the little problems getting things to work. (Like why Firefox is thinking every word in the english language that I'm typing is spelt wrong!!!).

First up, I can't seem to convert dvi to ps in Kile. Actually, it doesn't work on the command line either- it says:
dvips: ! Couldn't find header file cm-super-t1.enc.
Note that an absolute path or a relative path with .. are denied in -R2 mode.

R2 is some sort of secure mode. I am using texlive. Part of the problem is that dvips is correct- I really didn't have this file. I installed the following package:


But dvips still couldn't see it where it was hiding (which was in /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/enc/dvips/cm-super). It seems that dvips uses the same search-y doo-dah as TeX, so all I needed to do was update the lists by running


as a superuser. It's happy now.

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