[XeTeX] [texlive] opentype fonts from $TEXMFLOCAL

Diederick C. Niehorster dcnieho at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 09:37:56 CET 2010

Hi Wilfred,

Thank you for your reply. Ah, I'm definately not putting the fonts in
a system font directory (thats c:\windows\fonts), that would explain
why fc-cache cant find them. I tried the otfinfo command to find the
identification string, it was "Arno Pro". It should be noted all
worked well on miktex before when I simply dropped the font in
texmf/fonts/opentype. I was planning to do things correctly now and
not drop anything manually into my texlive/2009/fonts, but keep it in
the $TEXMFLOCAL tree, where I believe things I add myself should be.

I expected kpathsea (thats just the utility that does file finding
right?) would search the local tex trees for fonts as well, but maybe
i have to tell it or fc-cache to do so. I heard about font.conf, but
there is none of those in my $TEXMFLOCAL tree...


On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM, Wilfred van Rooijen
<wvanrooijen at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello Diederick,
> The 'fc-cache' command will only cache the fonts in the 'system font directories'. I don't know where and exactly those directories are defined, but it may well be that the $TEXMFLOCAL is not one of those system directories. Then, fc-cache simply does not cache the fonts there and then they also don't show up using 'fc-list'.
> On linux a simple trick is to start OpenOffice and see if the requested font shows up in the list. I don't know if the same trick works on Windows, though.
> Furthermore, the fonts can have various "identification strings". Xetex uses a specific one of these. From the error, it may be that you are requesting a font but using the wrong identifier.
> Wilfred
> --- On Thu, 25/3/10, Diederick C. Niehorster <dcnieho at gmail.com> wrote:
>> From: Diederick C. Niehorster <dcnieho at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [XeTeX] [texlive] opentype fonts from $TEXMFLOCAL
>> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
>> Date: Thursday, 25 March, 2010, 2:59 PM
>> Hi All,
>> Just yesterday I moved from miktex to texlive 2009 (fresh
>> install,
>> fully updated). I'm having trouble with XeTeX not detecting
>> the
>> opentype fonts i put in $TEXMFLOCAL
>> (C:\texlive\texmf-local\fonts\opentype and underlying
>> folders). I ran
>> fc-cache on that folder with the --verbose switch. The
>> first time i
>> run it, it tells me it is caching the fonts in all the
>> subdirectories,
>> the second time it tells me it is skipping them as they are
>> already in
>> the cache, so that seems to have worked correctly. However,
>> when I run
>> "fc-list > fc.log" and search in that text file (no grep
>> on windows
>> for as far as i know) I find no references to the fonts
>> that were just
>> cached. XeLaTeX aborts with the following error:
>> ----
>> kpathsea: Invalid fontname `Arno Pro', contains ' '
>> ! Font \zf at basefont="Arno Pro" at 10.0pt not loadable:
>> Metric (TFM) file or ins
>> talled font not found.
>> \zf at fontspec ...ntname \zf at suffix " at \f at size pt
>>   \unless \ifzf at icu \zf at set@...
>> l.103 \setromanfont[Ligatures=Common]{Arno Pro}
>> ----
>> This must be some basic mistake, but after 2 hours of
>> googling, I have
>> decided to ask it on the list here. I'd like to keep my
>> fonts in
>> $TEXMFLOCAL so they stay with updates (hope I understood
>> that
>> correctly) and I'll only want to use them from XeTeX.
>> What's the trick?
>> Best and thanks,
>> Dee
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