[lltx] Can luatex auto-run mkluatexfontdb ?

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sun May 16 20:57:50 CEST 2010

On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 03:31:52PM +0300, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 06:50:41PM +0930, Will Robertson wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I'm thinking about the workflow that users will need to follow when installing new system fonts for LuaLaTeX. In XeTeX, if a font is not found then the font cache is refreshed to see if there have been new fonts installed. This is far friendly than having to run mkluatexfontdb, even if it has a button in tlmgr. But am I right in thinking that this won't be possible for security reasons? (A la shell escape.)
> We don't need to run the script, almost all the code is part of
> luaotfload itself, the script is just a command line interface to it. It
> is doable, basically we can do the following:
> * in names.load() if no names database found, generate one.
> * in names.resolve() if font not found and no corresponding tfm file,
>   then update the database and look again.

Both are now implemented, wasn't that hard :) should have been done much
earlier. Lets hope there is no major bugs.


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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