How to Compile and Install
Ghostscript 6.50 + Japanese Kanji fonts

The advantage of this installation is that it doesn't need to recompile the already installed ghostscript. You can just add new Kanji fonts to it. Of course it is a bit slower than the original ghostscript. For other installations see the bottom of this page.

1. Environment:

Solaris 2.6/2.7, X11R6.3, gcc-2.8.x

2. Source:

The following packages from the original ghostscript distribution are required:
(Get these from any AFPL ftp archive near you.)
  • ghostscript-6.50.tar.gz
  • ghostscript-6.50jpeg.tar.gz
  • ghostscript-6.50zlib.tar.gz
  • ghostscript-6.50libpng.tar.gz
  • ghostscript-fonts-std-6.0.tar.gz
  • ghostscript-fonts-other-6.0.tar.gz

And this additional Kanji fonts package:

3. Installation Scripts/Guide:

  1. Get the binary or compile and install ghostscript.
  2. Suppose that you install the library files in
    /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50 directory.
    Then go to /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50 and extract the following files:
    This creates /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50/fonts directory with the ghostscript fonts installed in it.
           % cd /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50
           % gzcat ghostscript-fonts-std-6.0.tar.gz | tar xvf -
           % gzcat ghostscript-fonts-other-6.0.tar.gz | tar xvf -
  3. Finally, install kanji fonts by extracting:
    in the /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50 directory:
           % cd /usr/local/lib/gs/6.50
           % gzcat gs6.0.kanji.tar.gz | tar xvf -
    All the required files are on this tar archive. It will create Fontmap.kanji file in the lib directory. Copy this Fontmap.kanji to Fontmap.GS. to display kanji characters or a better choice is editing lib/Fontmap and changing the line:
    (Fontmap.GS) .runlibfile
    (Fontmap.kanji) .runlibfile.

  4. That is all for Postscript files! But it DOES NOT display Kanji in PDF files.


  • This version cannot display Japanese PDF files.

  • Remember to edit the /usr/local/bin/gs6.50/ps2pdfwr file and add the -sPAPERSIZE=a4 to it, if you want to use A4 papers instead of default letter size PDF files. Edit it like this:
    exec gs $OPTIONS -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sOutputFile=$outfile $OPTIONS -c save pop -f $infile

  • Get ghostview or gv as a front-end user interface and install it as well. This makes it easiser to deal with the options of the ghostscript interpretor.

Other Notes on compiling and installing ghostscript:

Go to HTML & CGI Lecture page.

This page was created by B.H. Far.

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