[XeTeX] Tamil unicode character not displaying correctly

dsv ojdfpiv at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 15:15:21 CET 2014

I uninstalled whatever tex I had obtained via the Synaptic Package Manager
and installed the latest version from the tug.org website. The problem I
had been facing disappeared! Thanks for the tips.

I don't know who maintains texlive in the Ubuntu repository. I would be
instructive to upgrade that to the latest version as many people I know use
a package manager (apt-get or Synaptic) to install software. If Ubuntu says
that I have the latest version of a certain software, I tend to believe it.
In this case, that was disproved.

On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>wrote:

> 2014-02-26 17:17 GMT+01:00 dsv <ojdfpiv at gmail.com>:
> > Thanks Zdenek. I am using the same font in Ubuntu and Windows. It is
> called
> > "Lohit Tamil". Both Ubuntu and Cygwin seem to be running the same
> version of
> > xetex - 3.1415926. The sub-version seems a little different. However, I
> > don't know how to ensure that the same exact version of xelatex is
> running
> > on both Cygwin and Ubuntu. I used the setup manager on Cygwin which
> offers
> > only one version; on Ubuntu I used the Synaptic package manager.
> >
> 3.1415926 is version of TeX, not XeTeX. The TeX version converges to
> \pi. Whenever D. E. Knuth fixes a bug, another digit is added. The
> number after the hyphen denotes the version of the engine. You can
> immediatelly see in the parenthesis, that in Cygwin you use the latest
> official version from TeX Live 2013 while in Ubuntu you use a very old
> version from TeX Live 2009. Harfbuzz was added in 2013 so it is
> natural that it is not mentioned in that old version. You should first
> upgrade your TeX in Ubuntu. If new deb packages are not available, it
> is possible to install TeX Live directly from www.tug.org and you can
> always keep it up-to-date no matter whether it is supplied in Ubuntu
> or not. No one is going to fix bugs in 5 years old XeTeX.
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