error with lualatex but not with xelatex

N. Andrew Walsh n.andrew.walsh at
Thu Jul 27 08:04:46 CEST 2023

Hi Ken,

I'm not sure how much help it would be (I'm definitely not an expert), but
I seem to recall that the CJK packages are different for lualatex vs
xelatex. Under xelatex I used the xeCJK package, but that doesn't seem to
work under lualatex, so I had to switch to loading {luatexja-fontspec} in
my preamble.

I don't see any reference to either in your file, but maybe that helps?

N. Andrew Walsh, PhD, Dr. phil.
Komponist, Musikwissenschaftler | Composer, Musicologist
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On Thu, Jul 27, 2023 at 7:17 AM Ken Moffat via tex-live <tex-live at>

> I suppose this is anecdotal rather than a useful bug report, but
> I'll mention it anyway.
> I'm in the process of updating my test files which I use to check
> that my source installs on beyond linuxfromscratch work, and adding
> more tests to check extra things.  As part of that I have an
> ABOUT.tex file to describe the tests, it has had a lot of changes
> in the last couple of months and is still very much work in
> progress.
> After looking at how lualatex was being used (e.g. for japanese
> vertical text) I decided to move from my original use of xelatex for
> ABOUT.tex to lualatex.  All seemed fine, but a few days ago I was
> changing the details of how my script detects korean fonts (when I
> started out years ago I thought there were none in texlive) and
> something in that change apparently broke the build although it had
> seemed ok at the time.  To clarify, 'ABOUT.tex' is just the
> documetnation, a bash configure script determines which tests
> should be able to run and the individual tests have their own tex
> files.
> A bit later ABOUT.tex no-longer compiled.  I looked and determined
> that the commit re korean fonts broke the build.  Saved what I was
> trying to add to the file.  Looked at the last commit, all the parts
> of the diff looked ok.  Reverted it, tried the parts, in the end it
>  worked again.  Committed the restored version and started to worry
> that I'm losing my mind.
> Changed a test a few hours ago, made some trivial changes to
> ABOUT.tex, suddenly it did not work.  Looking through the commits,
> the first bad one was the korean changes from several days ago.  Two
> parts look ok, the third part looks ok when applied (3 lines of end
> context do not show the '}' on the next line.
> Lots of head-scratching, then I tried using xelatex - worked fine.
> I'm starting to think there is something which randomly errors (but
> consistently errors on a given version of ABOUT.tex).
> This is texlive-2023 with patches to update LuaTeX to 1.17.0,
> and instructions in
> or
> I don't expect anyone to care about HOW I'm building it, but I
> suppose that if anybody cares they might want to look at what is, or
> is not, in the patch.
> The results of using lualatex with the file in its current state end
> with:
> 19] [20] (./ABOUT.aux))
> (see the transcript file for additional information)
>  439 words of node memory still in use:
>    3 hlist, 1 vlist, 1 rule, 3 glue, 3 kern, 1 glyph, 6 attribute, 51
> glue_spec
> , 6 attribute_list, 2 write nodes
>    avail lists: 2:560,3:321,4:120,5:321,6:64,7:6760,8:2,9:274,10:7,11:397
> ! error:  (file ) (type 2): cannot find file ''
> !  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!
> Unfortunately the file references six TTF or OTF fonts (one for
> latin, greek, cyrillic and 5 for CJK text) and is over 1200 lines
> long so I have no chance of providing a MWE (and making random
> changes seems to cause the problem to disappear).
> Lualatex itself seems to be working fine in my tests, so I'm just
> mentioning this here in case it rings any bells with anyone.
> I'll attach the source, log and aux files in a tarball in case
> anyone is interested.  But I'll go back to xelatex.
> ĸen
> --
>     That just goes to show that you never know, although what
>     it is we never know I suspect we'll never know. -- Snuff
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