[XeTeX] Arabic fonts and ligatures after migrating machine

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Apr 29 14:26:04 CEST 2010

On Apr 29, 2010, at 1:47 AM, Manuel Souto Pico wrote:

> Dear all,
> After migranting to a new machine and copying all files and installing
> Tex Live again, I find that when I try to typeset (in
> TexShop) some documents that I had in Arabic, ligatures stop working.
> I use Mac OS X 10.6.3.
> The font I use is Scheherazade. I copied the file
> ScheherazadeRegAAT.ttf in /System/Library/Fonts (although it doesn't
> appear in the Font Book, I don't know why).
> My minimal example is:
> %!TEX TS-program = xelatex-xdvipdfmx
> %!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
> \documentclass[a4paper]{article}
> \usepackage{polyglossia}
> \setmainlanguage{arabic}
> \setotherlanguage{galician}
> \newfontfamily\arabicfont[Scale=1.5,Script=Arabic]{Scheherazade}
> \title{السلام عليكم}
> \begin{document}
> \maketitle
> وعليكم السلام
> \end{document}
> and the log says:
> (...)
> ! Font \@tempfontb=Scheherazade/ICU at 10.0pt not loadable: Metric
> (TFM) file or installed font not found.
> and something else but I can't copy and paste. In any case, the
> document is not compiled.
> If I replace Scheherazade with Scheherazade-AAT or with other fonts
> (Times New Roman, Geeza Pro, etc.), the document is compiled but the
> ligatures don't work.
> Has anyone had this issue? Any clue about how to solve it? I probably
> need to teak some setting that I did long ago in my former computer.
> Cheers, Manuel


Did you do all the updates to TeX Live using TeX Live Utility (or tlmgr)? There have been updates to polyglossia, etc.

You shouldn't be putting fonts into /System/Library/Fonts/, that's a private system area. Place them either in /Library/Fonts/ for use by all users or ~/Library/Fonts/ for personal use. After moving the file try to Double Click the ScheherazadeRegAAT.ttf font; this should open Font Book and ask if you watn to install the font.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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