[XeTeX] Xetex won't compile without Lmodern fonts

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 18 03:29:25 CEST 2010

I am sorry we don't all live in the Peter Dyballa Ivory Tower of Comprehension & Knowledge. I stand corrected. From now on, I will only contribute to this list about topics in which I am a certified expert (the number of my contributions is thus expected to decrease dramatically).

The original topic opener had a question about the apparent need of having the LM fonts on his machine to use Xelatex + fontspec. Thus, I live in the assumption that the topic opener is a relative newcomer, and I was merely trying to provide some background to the issues of fonts in latex in general, in xelatex in particular, the history of LM and the Tex Gyre fonts (and thanks to Peter's kind explanations, I know now that the Tex Gyre fonts and LM are completely separate things that share nothing in common whatsoever), and the way package maintainers can pick and choose the contents of their software packages. That's all. I didn't expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition....


--- On Sat, 17/4/10, Peter Dyballa <Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE> wrote:

> From: Peter Dyballa <Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Xetex won't compile without Lmodern fonts
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Saturday, 17 April, 2010, 7:07 PM
> Am 17.04.2010 um 11:41 schrieb Wilfred van Rooijen:
> > Hmmm, was my information wrong in some way? The GUST
> website mentions that the Tex Gyre fonts are closely related
> to the Latin Modern project. So yes, maybe Latin Modern is
> strictly speaking not a Tex Gyre font, but it is at least
> highly related.
> > 
> > The Tex Gyre site mentions that the Tex Gyre fonts are
> created by the same "process" which also led to the Latin
> Modern fonts. So in this way, LM can be considered the
> mother of all Gyre fonts.
> It doesn't get better by guessing instead of understanding.
> The TeX Gyre fonts are derived (and extended) from urw++
> clones of fonts found in standard PostScript printers twenty
> years ago. The Latin Modern fonts are slightly lighter (and
> extended) redesigns of Computer Modern.
> By using a hammer instead of an ancient stone you can of
> course achieve by a similar process similar results...
> --
> Greetings
>   Pete
> Don't force it; get a larger hammer.
>     – Anthony's Law of Force
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