[XeTeX] Text output garbled after system update -- your ideas?

Kārlis Repsons k at 11.lv
Thu Apr 14 11:35:47 CEST 2011

On Thursday 14 April 2011 08:55:05 Ulrike Fischer wrote:
> I would say they are two possible causes for your problem:
> 1. The old xetex from TeXlive 2009 can't handle newer version of
> libertine e.g. because of some old bug. In this case you will
> probably have to update your texlive.
Not sure.

> 2. There exists more than one version of libertine in your system.
> This can confuse the combo xetex/xdvipdfmx.
True! Linux Libertine is both in TeXLive 2009 and in system at 

> Add \XeTeXtracingfonts= 1 to your document (I don't know if your
> xetex version already knows this command) 
Apparently it did.

> and compile on the command line with
> xelatex --output-driver="xdvipdfmx -vv" file
> Then compare the pathes of the fonts used by xetex and xdvipdfmx in
> the log and on the screen.

xelatex prints many lines of using "TeXLive/2009bin/texmf-
dist/fonts/type1/public/libertine", but in log I find:

Requested font "Linux Libertine" at 10.0pt
 -> /opt/custom-builds/TeXLive/2009bin/texmf-
Requested font "Linux Libertine/ICU" at 10.0pt
 -> /opt/custom-builds/TeXLive/2009bin/texmf-
\c at zf@famc at Linux Libertine=\count131
Package fontspec Info: Defining font family for 'Linux Libertine' with options
[Mapping=tex-text,RawFeature=+kern;+liga;+mark;+pnum;+zero] on input line 11.
Requested font "Linux Libertine/B/ICU" at 10.0pt
 -> /opt/custom-builds/TeXLive/2009bin/texmf-
Requested font "Linux Libertine/I/ICU" at 10.0pt
 -> /usr/share/fonts/libertine-ttf/LinLibertine_It-4.2.6.ttf
Requested font "Linux Libertine/BI/ICU" at 10.0pt
 -> /usr/share/fonts/libertine-ttf/LinLibertine_BI-4.1.0.ttf

So a whole mix! Type1 mixed with TT/OT, which gets taken from two locations...
Will have to delete the TT version of Libertine then... Type1 too?
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