[XeTeX] xetex can't find font

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Sat Mar 31 18:05:33 CEST 2012

On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 04:50:25PM +0200, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 31.3.2012 um 13:45 schrieb Orm Finnendahl:
> >> kpathsea: Running mktexpk --mfmode / --bdpi 600 --mag 1+0/600 --dpi \
> >> 600 fssb8a.pfa
> Put the font directories of TeX into your system's fonts service,
> i.e., libfontconfig. This is controlled by files like fonts.conf or ~
> /.fonts.conf. Then run (sudo) fc-cache (-v), check with
> fc-list/fc-match if the fonts are known now, and run xetex again.

You don't need to run fc-cache as root, actually in any modern Linux
system (no idea about other), you don't need to run it at all,
fontconfig monitors font directories and will updated the cache when

> Xdvipdfmx certainly is capable of using kpsewhich, a TeX service, but
> XeTeX needs much more than just a file name (which comes from a MAP
> file that maps TeX font names to file names and font encodings).
> Similar for LuaTeX.

XeTeX can (and does) use kpathsea (kpsewhich is just a command line tool
using kpathsea).


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