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OVF2OVP(1) General Commands Manual OVF2OVP(1)


ovf2ovp - convert virtual font file and associated font metrics to property-list format


ovf2ovp [options] ovfname[.ovf] [ofmname[.ofm] [ovpfile[.ovp]]]


ovf2ovp translates a virtual font (OVF) file, ovfname, and its companion font metric (OFM) file, ofmname, into a human-readable property-list format. The program writes to standard output (by default) or to a file specified as ovpname.

The program also works with TeX VF and TFM files, producing TeX VPL files.


(Same as ofm2opl).

output character codes according to type, either `hex', `octal' or `ascii'. Default is `hex'; `ascii' says to use ASCII for letters and digits, hex for all else.
output character codes according to stype, either `num' or `ascii'. Default is `num'; `ascii' as in -charcode-format. (These two redundant options both exist only for historical compatibility.)
output numbers according to ntype, either `hex' or `octal'; default is hex.
output coding scheme and family according to ttype, either `mixed' or `upper' case; default is mixed.
display a brief summary of syntax and options
display progress reports
output version information and exit


Omega Virtual Property List file
Omega Font Metric file
Omega Virtual Font file


Email bug reports to <> (mailing list); good to check if the same bug is present in vftovp(1).

General discussion of Omega (and Aleph) can take place on the <> mailing list.


omega(1), aleph(1), ofm2opl(1), ovp2ovf(1), pltotf(1), tftopl(1), vftovp(1), vptovf(1)


According to the WEB documentation:

VFtoVP is an extended version of the program TFtoPL, which is part of the standard TeXware library. The idea of a virtual font was inspired by the work of David R. Fuchs who designed a similar set of conventions in 1984 while developing a device driver for ArborText, Inc. He wrote a somewhat similar program called AMFtoXPL.

Thus, ovf2ovp is based on the WEB source code for vftovp(1), although nowadays it is a link to omfonts, implemented entirely in C.

The primary authors of Omega were John Plaice and Yannis Haralambous. Omega (and Aleph) are now maintained as part of TeX Live.

This manual page was written by C.M. Connelly for the Debian GNU/Linux system. It is also now maintained as part of TeX Live.

8 March 2022 Web2C 2022