[gs-devel] ghostscript-9.x and the Xfonts deprecation

Nelson H. F. Beebe beebe at math.utah.edu
Sun Apr 24 17:06:18 UTC 2011

I notice that even a tiny PostScript file like this one

% cat /tmp/tiny.ps
/Helvetica findfont 10 scalefont setfont
100 100 moveto (This is a test of 10pt Helvetica) show

produces a warning from the ghostscript-9.x releases:

% gs /tmp/tiny.ps
GPL Ghostscript RELEASE CANDIDATE 9.02: Warning: the Xfonts feature is deprecated and will be removed in a future release.

Because that example uses one of the fonts that all versions of
PostScript declared to be predefined (and thus, need not be included
in the file), it is unclear how ordinary users are supposed to 
react to the warning.

The doc/Xfonts.htm file notes the deprecation, but does not, in my view,
suggest a solution.

What are you folks intending to happen when the Xfonts feature is removed?
And what, if anything, should PostScript software developers be doing to
prepare for that change?

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