[XeTeX] Guaranteed Unicode replacement glyph in every TeX installation?

Janusz S. Bień jsbien at mimuw.edu.pl
Sat Aug 21 06:32:58 CEST 2021

On Fri, Aug 20 2021 at 19:45 -06, Doug McKenna wrote:


> So ... What fixed-width and variable-width OpenType (or other) fonts,
> if any, are always distributed with TeX or TeXLive or whatever that
> one can rely upon to be available for placing this particular glyph in
> a final PDF file?  What would be the correct incantation to doing so?

The question is which fonts you have installed on your system, not
necessarily distributed with TeX.

For checking whether you have an appropriate there are useful
suggestions (Linux specific) at


The answer

fc-list ':charset=<hex_code1> <hex_code2>'

is still valid, but the very usefull script


was written in Python2 so is unusable e.g. on Debian bullseyey.

Another approach is to use "Font Support" at
https://www.fileformat.info/. e.g.




Janusz S. Bien
emeryt (emeritus)

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