Adding a true-type font to Reports Services while running Reports deployed on the web

By | August 11th, 2009|Categories: App. Server|Tags: , , , |

Problem: A report, designed for generating PDF with the true-type font Univers in it, does not work while deployed on the web, and uses other fonts instead.
Cause: there’s no Univers installed in the Reports Services on Unix.
Solution: install the font and configure the Reports Service!  Sounds simple…

In the process of figuring this out, I had several error-messages, like rep-1352 (The fonts specified for this report cannot be found for the character set specified by NLS_LANG) , and rep-1 (nothing else…).
Took a lot of time to eliminate those errors, partly because there was a feature in the specified report what did’nt speed up the process of resolving this issue: embedded html. This caused for example the “rep-1”-error.

With special thanks to Marc Riesewijk, developer:

1. First, make a so called ‘AFM’-file of the font-files from your windows-client, which will be used to copy to the Linux-server.

In the case of Univers there are the following files in c:\windows\fonts: