[tex-live] Two tlmgr/installer gui issues: Xfce/FreeBSD

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Feb 4 02:26:34 CET 2010

On 3 February 2010 Nikola Le=C4=8Di=C4=87 wrote:

 > On Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:36:54 +0100
 >   in <20100203163654.GJ899 at gamma.logic.tuwien.ac.at>
 >   Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:
 > [...]
 > > Maybe your .Xdefaults of some other resources list some strange
 > > font as default
 > I do not have that file.

This is ok.  ~/.Xdefaults allows you to customize your X11
environment.  It shouldn't exist by default.  Setting up X11 fonts
there is a pain anyway.  Don't waste your time.

Please keep in mind that Perl doesn't use the X11 default font anyway.
It uses Helvetica for Western European characters, as you can see in
your screenshot.  The X11 default font "fixed" is a monospaced font
while Perl's default font is proportional.

I'm using Gentoo Linux and when I run

  tlmgr --gui-lang=sr gui

I get much better results than you.  Is


what you expect?

In Gentoo Linux, Perl/Tk is obviously linked against fontconfig.
Don't know whether Debian/Ubuntu links Perl/Tk against fontconfig
already, but you could check yourself:

  strace -eopen tlmgr --gui-lang=sr gui 2>&1 | grep 'fontconfig\.so'	

Do you see something like


in the terminal?

BTW, if you compare our screenshots, you'll see that you get some
messages in English at the bottom of the GUI frame, while I get them
in Serbian.  This has obviously nothing to do with your fonts setup,
the only explanation I have is that your TeX Live installation is not
up-to-date.  With other words, you installed TeX Live before these
strings were translated to Serbian and didn't run

  tlmgr update --all --self

since then.

Could you check whether Ubuntu already offers a newer version of


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