[XeTeX] on fontspec 2.0

Diederick C. Niehorster dcnieho at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 10:17:09 CEST 2010

Just for continuity, this thread was continued on the LuaTeX mailing
list (though I know now that the LuaLaTeX-dev list might be more

The only setup trouble I had was due to texlive shipping old versions
of a few packages, for the rest it works like a charm (but make sure
you have plenty of memory if you want to try, compiling my very short
test document consumed about 960MB of RAM!)


On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM, Diederick C. Niehorster
<dcnieho at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Khaled,
>> You've to install the whole luaotfload from githup, the one shipped with
>> texlive 2009 is too outdated to work (we would have updated texlive
>> version if it weren't the archaic luatex version they are shipping).
> Ah, Icic. The newest version is giving me some errors, but I'll switch
> over to the LuaTeX list for that. BTW, for others interested, updating
> the luatex version that comes with TeXlive is very simple, at least on
> windows: get the minimals from here,
> http://www.luatex.org/download.html, overwrite and done (note the
> dates on the files, some you won't have to update. I only had to get
> luatex.dll and kpathsearch510.dll.
>> I didn't write that, Will; are you listening? ;) Anyway, what is written
>> there doesn't reflect the reality; we rely on fontconfig to get a list
>> of system fonts (but, unlike XeTeX, we do the rest of indexing
>> ourseleves). So, it is fontconfig's duty, at least for now, to use the
>> proper path
> Good, so right now if XeTeX can find it, LuaTeX should also find it.
> When you replace font config with your own solution, please don't
> forget that, at least on windows, some users (like me) would not want
> to put all their fonts in the system's font directory (imagine the
> loading times, I'm also pointing my finger at e.g. adobe illustrator).
> For that reason, you can tell fontconfig through a local.conf
> configuration file what other paths to make available (see
> http://www.tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2010-March/025240.html). I hope
> such functionality will be available.
> Best,
> Dee

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