[XeTeX] xelatex not working

Joshua Grauman jnfo at grauman.com
Wed Aug 9 19:20:22 CEST 2006

Although not familiar at all with the TeX paths, I thought I'd at least 
throw in the clarification that I am not using TeX Live. The way I 
installed was to remove all traces of TeX on my Slackware 10.2 box, and 
then to install the latest version of teTeX 3.0. Then I had to upgrade 
fontconfig, then I installed XeTeX. I followed the "Quick Install" method 
for teTeX 3.0 which should be somewhat standard, I thought... Thanks again 
for all your work, don't know if this is helpful, but just in case...


> On 9 Aug 2006, at 5:36 pm, Ralf Stubner wrote:
>> Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org> writes:
>>> However, I believe the precedence of DIST over LOCAL (where the xetex
>>> additions currently end up) would still lead to the same problem.
>> ACK. I just don't think it is very likely that DIST comes before LOCAL
>> in the search order.
> It seems to be OK in the current TL source repository, but I'm sure
> I've seen them the other way round in some distro or other; I
> remember being surprised by it.
>>> Really, the main xkeyval in DIST needs to be updated.
>> Indeed. And I assume that the next TeX Live will have an uptodate
>> version.
> Currently, it's new enough for fontspec but not the latest from CTAN;
> care to check that it gets updated?
>> Do you know to which extend package authors have been contacted about
>> adding XeTeX support/detection to their packages?
> No, I don't. This is something I haven't yet had time and energy to
> pursue, but it should certainly be done for whatever packages have
> engine/driver dependencies. In some cases (maybe geometry? crop?)
> that have been discussed on the list, other users may have done this.
> I don't generally use these things personally, so I'm not likely to
> run across the issues until someone reports a problem!
> JK
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