[XeTeX] XeTex: can't use font

Michiel Kamermans pomax at nihongoresources.com
Mon Dec 14 11:48:01 CET 2009

Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Apparently not, the "latest" version under Ubuntu 9.10 ia texlive 2007.
> Then get the xdvipdfmx sources, compile, install, and use them! The 
> bug is in xdvipdfmx, the utility which converts XeTeX's XDV output 
> format to PDF.
> Or use a modern and flexible OS, one that is not meant as some year's 
> fashion and after six months without support. TeX Live 2009 comes with 
> an update manager programme which allows you to stay up-to-date with 
> what is published on CTAN, the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. You 
> can also install TL '09 and forget the ancient Ubuntu stuff 
> (optionally freeing the disk from it). 

Wow, slow down on the OS hatred there O_o

Anyway, Ubuntu and Debian have skipped TeX Live 2008, for whatever 
reason, and they're trying to package TeX Live 2009 at the moment. You 
have a few options: either compile a new version of xdvipdfmx, remove 
your TeXLive install and manuall install textlive-full 2009 from the 
unstable package list 
(http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/texlive-full), or run another 
OS that does allow you to easily install TeX Live 2009 (either via a VM, 
as additional boot OS, or on a different machine entirely).

Basically, Ubuntu and Debian are not the best choice of OS if you want 
to do take advantage of what modern unicode TeX typesetting has to 
offer, because Debian packages, and thus Ubuntu packages, take quite a 
while before they are considered "stable" (even if they just are).

- Mike "Pomax" Kamermans

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