font fuss with ghostscript
I've got a document rendering problem to which no-one on debian-user could
or would give advice on; but I trust that in this forum someone
knowledgeable in the Debian Font Manager system can give me some
directions towards solving this problem:
Background: I am writing a book in DocBook, but I have problems generating
a good PDF file from it. The reason is, that I have to include EPS images
that AcroRead does not know how to render. But if I use ghostscript to
convert PDF (with EPS) to PDF, I get a new PDF file that A.R. knows how to
fop GemBook.fo GemBook.pdf
gs -dNOPAUSE -dNOPLATFONTS -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=GemBook_pdf.pdf
(Note: I tried without NOPLATFONTS too)
My problem: the original fonts are plain vanilla Helvetica (for headers)
and Times (for text). But they are replaced by ghostscript by something
sans-serif. During processing I get all kinds of messages like:
Loading NimbusSanL-Bold font from
/var/lib/defoma/gs.d/dirs/fonts/n019004l.pfb... 2030328 632708 1924052
621813 1 done.
Loading NimbusRomNo9L-Regu font from
/var/lib/defoma/gs.d/dirs/fonts/n021003l.pfb... 2090616 689993 1944148
629111 1 done.
I have many ghostscript packages installed, in particular:
gs 6.53-3 The Ghostscript Postscript interpreter
gs-common 0.3.3.1 Common files for different Ghostscript relea
gs-pdfencrypt 1.0.4-6 Provides support to view encrypted PDFs with
gsfonts 6.0-2.1 Fonts for the ghostscript interpreter
gsfonts-x11 0.17 Make Ghostscript fonts available to X11
However, the contents in /var/lib/defoma/gs.d/dirs/fonts/ do not seem to
be included in the packages directly. The gsfonts package puts them
under /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/ . I suppose some install script
copies them under the defoma dirs (copied, no symlinks).
In the log segment above the n021003l.pfb is a Times-Roman font, and the
n019004l.pfb is a Helvetica-Bold font. Both appear in the
/etc/defoma/hints/gsfonts.hints file. Apparently they are from Nimbus.
But why does ghostscript replace the vanilla Adobe fonts by those Nimbus
How come that everything becomes sans-serif?
What can I do about it?
Tom "thriving on chaos" Peters