[XeTeX] Newbie troubles with XeTeX for Linux

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Aug 23 18:39:32 CEST 2006

On 23 Aug 2006, at 3:59 pm, Steven Shaviro wrote:

> I have installed the latest XeTeX binaries for Ubuntu Linux, and I
> ran sudo texhash after doing so, but I have been unable to get them
> to run. I have an up-to-date TeXLive installation of LaTeX.

Ah, that may well be the problem... the xetex binary packages are set  
up for the teTeX installation, and TeXLive probably configures things  
differently. In fact, I'm a bit surprised you're able to install the  
binary packages, as I thought they would require teTeX -- or do you  
mean that you compiled from source, and then installed the binaries  
you built?

Where are the xetex binaries installed, and the main configuration  
files? It might be helpful to see what is reported by:

   ls -l `which xetex`

   kpsewhich texmf.cnf
   kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf

   grep xetex `kpsewhich texmf.cnf`
   grep xetex `kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf`

I'm working towards properly integrating xetex with TeX Live, so that  
configuration hassles should become much rarer, but as yet it's not  
really part of the TL world.


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