Ghostscript ps2pdf

Stephen Bosch posting at
Tue Jul 8 23:46:23 PDT 2003

alex at wrote:
>>Attempts to convert a Postscript file to PDF using ps2pdf are failing 
>>with an /invalidfont error:
>>Error: /invalidfont in findfont
>>Operand stack:
>>   Courier-iso1252   --nostringval--   Courier   Courier   Font 
>>Courier   285079   Courier   --nostringval--   Courier   NimbusMonL-Regu 
>>  (NimbusMonL-Regu)   NimbusMonL-Regu   (NimbusMonL-Regu)   NimbusMonL-Regu
>>Execution stack:
>>   %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
>>--nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
>>  --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1   3   %oparray_pop 
>>1   3   %oparray_pop   1   3   %oparray_pop   1   3   %oparray_pop 
>>.runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2 
>>%stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   4   3   %oparray_pop 
>>  5   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
>>--nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1 
>>%stopped_push   8   4   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   --nostringval-- 
>>  --nostringval--   5   -1   1   --nostringval-- 
>>%for_neg_int_continue   --nostringval--   --nostringval--
>>Dictionary stack:
>>   --dict:1046/1123(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:78/200(L)-- 
>>--dict:17/17(ro)(G)--   --dict:1046/1123(ro)(G)--
>>Current allocation mode is local
>>Last OS error: 2
>>Current file position is 4725
>>Does anybody have an idea how I can resolve this problem?
> I guess you do have the gnu-gs-fonts-std-6.0(.tar.gz) installed to
> /usr/share/ghostscript (by simply unpacking them)?

No, I didn't, but there are already oodles of fonts installed. It's not 
clear where the gnu-gs-font package should go.

The path to which you refer is actually /usr/share/ghostscript/8.00, and 
there is no font folder there as far as I can see. My understanding was 
that Fontmap had to be altered to indicate the location of fonts.

God, fonts in Linux are a pain :(


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