[tex-live] Problem with DejaVu in XeTeX

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Nov 13 14:09:48 CET 2007

On 13 Nov 2007, at 12:43 pm, Zdenek Wagner wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have to typeset a XeLaTeX document which requires DejaVu Serif
> Condensed Italic. I have dovnloaded and installed DejaVu fonts version
> 2.21. XeTeX does not complain but xdvipdfmx (run with -vv) reports:
>> ][4<DejaVuSerifCondensed-Italic(DejaVu Serif:Condensed Italic)@8.97pt
> ** ERROR ** Cannot proceed without the "native" font:
> DejaVuSerifCondensed-Italic (DejaVu Serif Condensed Italic)...
> The fonts are in /usr/share/fonts/dejavu-ttf-2.21, permitions of all
> *.ttf files are 0644 and otfinfo reports:
> [zw at centos dejavu-ttf-2.21]$ otfinfo -a DejaVuCondensedSerifItalic.ttf
> DejaVu Serif Condensed
> [zw at centos dejavu-ttf-2.21]$ otfinfo -p DejaVuCondensedSerifItalic.ttf
> DejaVuSerifCondensed-Italic
> I selected DejaVu Condensed Serif in OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 and tried to
> type something in italics. It works fine. My OS and xdvipdfmx are:
> Linux centos 2.6.17 #3 SMP Mon Sep 24 19:59:57 CEST 2007 x86_64 x86_64
> x86_64 GNU/Linux
> This is xdvipdfmx-0.4 by Jonathan Kew and Jin-Hwan Cho,
> an extended version of DVIPDFMx, which in turn was
> an extended version of dvipdfm-0.13.2c developed by Mark A. Wicks.
> Non-condensed fonts from the DejaVu family work fine. Could you guess
> whether it is a problem of the font or of xdvipdfmx?

What version of fontconfig is installed on this system? One easy way  
to find out is to run

     xetex -version

and check the library version that is reported.

Some problems of this nature seem to be fixed by updating to a newer  
fontconfig (2.4.x recommended), if that's a possibility for you.


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