[tex-live] Install TeX Live 20130914 failed

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Sep 17 14:15:43 CEST 2013

Arthur Reutenauer <arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org> wrote:

>   I think Babel Hebrew is hopelessly broken for pdfTeX and other 8-bit
> engines.  The fonts it looks for don't seem to be available any more, on
> CTAN or elsewhere (I investigated this a few months ago).  Philip,
> however, is using XeTeX, and is not even using Babel at all from what I
> understand, so his problem is different.

there are a few hebrew metafonts on ctan, and (i think) one type 1.  at
least one isn't available to tex live, for licence reasons.

>   I don't think it makes much sense to try and fix Babel for 8-bit TeX
> engines; XeTeX and, to a great extent, LuaTeX, do a great job for Hebrew
> and that's what people seem to actually be using.

but [xe/lua]tex users are still bitten by the lack of hyphenation
patterns, surely?

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