XeLaTeX under Win10

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 02:41:36 CET 2019

On Tue, 12 Mar 2019 at 06:35, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Windows may need an action to make the fonts work. The manual contains
> chapter "Post-install actions". I am not a Windows user so that I
> cannot be more specific but this should be the first text to read.
Unfortunately, this text says little about Windows:

In 3.4.4 System font configuration for XeTEX and LuaTEX we have:

"On Windows, fonts shipped with TEX Live are automatically made available
to XeTEX by font
name."  This wasn't true for me, but I install TL on linux with the
addition of win32 binaries and
mount the directory on Wiindows (currently using NFS).

There are a couple generated fontconfig files in "
.../texlive/2019/fonts/conf".   There is
"fonts.conf" with linux paths as well as "c:/windows/fonts" and "
for use with linux.  "fc-cache" fails because it doesn't find the
configuration file.  There
are two variables that should allow fontconfig tools to find the conf file:

>kpsewhich -expand-var=$FONTCONFIG_FILE

>kpsewhich -expand-var=$FONTCONFIG_PATH

Since these don't seem to work,  I created a "C:\Users\<user>\.fonts.conf"
from the
above "fonts.conf" with windows paths and set the "FONTCONFIG_FILE"
environment variable to the full path of the new file:

>kpsewhich -expand-var=$FONTCONFIG_FILE

With this change, "fc-cache" runs and I get both texlive and  Windows fonts
in xelatex documents.
Looks like fontconfig on Windows has a problem with the texmf.cnf provided
settings., but perhaps
this stems from trying to have one install shared between linux and windows.

> Zdeněk Wagner
> http://ttsm.icpf.cas.cz/team/wagner.shtml
> http://icebearsoft.euweb.cz
> út 12. 3. 2019 v 5:19 odesílatel Taylor, P <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> napsal:
> >
> > No problems using TL 2018 under Windows 7, Apostolos, but never tried
> Windows 10 (nor have I any wish to).  Can you forward detailed error
> message(s), please ?
> > Philip Taylor
> > --------
> > Apostolos Syropoulos wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > A friend of mine tried to use XeLaTeX
> > under Win10. He tried TeXLive 2018 and
> > MikTeX. The problem is that the system
> > cannot find the fonts that are installed in
> > the system folder c:/windows/fonts
> > Is this normal or is there a "hack" to solve
> > this problem?
> > I am using Solaris... so I cannot provide
> > much feedback...
> >
> >

George N. White III
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