[tex-live] Fontconfig for XeTeX versus regular fontconfig

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Thu Oct 27 00:33:16 CEST 2011

    I have to fork my self

I know the feeling.  It's a heavyweight fork, always running out of vm
when I try it ...

No one is forced to use that procedure.  It's there if it helps people.
If it doesn't help people, don't do it.  If that means they can't use
the system fonts, well, that's what it means.

    The problem occurs due XeTeX which seems to depend on
    an on fontconfig to be able to handle its fonts below
    the TL path, compare with

XeTeX can look up via fontconfig or by filename.  This is ultimately
chosen by the user's document.  Admittedly system lookups are
"encouraged" in a number of ways, which I think is highly unfortunate
and poor practice, but it's not under my control.  I've already made my
views known to the various maintainer(s).

Anyway, problems with/enhancements for XeTeX should be reported to the
XeTeX maintainer(s), xetex.sf.net.  It is still Jonathan Kew (hi
Jonathan), unless and until another capable volunteer comes forward whom
Jonathan accepts.  I don't see a TL issue here.  Sorry.


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