Using the Latin Modern fonts
The lm fonts are an exciting addition to
the armoury of the (La)TeX user: high quality outlines of fonts that
were until recently difficult to obtain, all in a free and
relatively compact package. However, the spartan information file
that comes with the fonts remarks “It is presumed that a potential
user knows what to do with all these files”. This answer aims to
fill in the requirements: the job is really not terribly difficult.
Note that teTeX distributions, from version 3.0, already have the
lm fonts: all you need do is use them. The fonts may also
be installed via the package manager, in a current MiKTeX system.
The remainder of this answer, then, is for people who don’t use such
The font (and related) files appear on CTAN as a set of
single-entry TDS trees —
fonts, dvips, tex and doc. The doc
subtree really need not be copied (it’s really a pair of sample
files), but copy the other three into your existing Local
$TEXMF tree, and
update the filename database.
Now, incorporate the fonts in the set searched by PDFLaTeX,
dvips, dvipdfm/dvipdfmx, your
previewers and Type 1-to-PK conversion programs, by
To use the fonts in a LaTeX document, you should
- On a teTeX system earlier than version 2.0, edit the file
and insert an absolute path for the lm.map just after the
line that starts
extra_modules=" (and before the closing
- On a teTeX version 2.0 (or later), execute the command
updmap --enable Map lm.map
- On a MiKTeX system earlier than version 2.2, the “Refresh
filename database” operation, which you performed after installing
files, also updates the system’s “PostScript resources database”.
- On a MiKTeX system, version 2.2 or later, update
updmap.cfg as described in the MiKTeX
Then execute the command
initexmf --mkmaps, and the
job is done.
this will make the fonts the default
for all three LaTeX font families (“roman”, “sans-serif” and
“typewriter”). You also need
for text, and
if you want to use any of the TS1-encoding symbols. There is
no support for using fonts according to the OT1 encoding.
- Latin Modern fonts
- fonts/lm (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
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