[tex-live] xe(la)ex and font searching delay

Hironobu Yamashita h.y.acetaminophen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 2 15:32:29 CET 2017

I guess the bug in fontconfig (2.11.95 or later) is responsible.
The problem is already reported to fontconfig developers,
but it is not fixed so far; it seems that Akira Kakuto fixed the issue
(personally) for his W32TeX. See his changelog 2017/01/15.

Hironobu Yamashita

2017/03/02 22:28, Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>:

> Since some time I observe a problem with xelatex and its font
> search.   
> Today I had a quite extreme example. xelatex hanged so long when
> loading size10.clo (where in the newest format the latin modern open
> type fonts are loaded) that I at first thought there were a loop
> somewhere. 
> The delay could be seen in miktex, in texlive 2014 (in this case
> with a document) and texlive 2016. But miktex and texlive 2014
> behaved again after I waited long enough so that the compilation
> succeded. 
> With texlive 2016 the only thing that helps is to call 
>  fc-cache -f 
> Imho the only thing I did that could be font related was to install
> a few .ttf fonts in a local texmf tree to try out an example on
> tex.sx. 
> My impression is that xelatex realizes that the fonts have changes
> and triggers the recreation of the cache but that the cache is then
> not correctly stored and so is recreated at every compilation until
> a manual fc-cache -f corrects the situation.
> I'm on windows 10 and installed texlive in my normal user account. 
> -- 
> Ulrike Fischer 
> http://www.troubleshooting-tex.de/

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