[texhax] latex and cyrillic fonts

Pavel Minev Penev pavpen at berkeley.edu
Thu Feb 5 08:44:19 CET 2004

[Sorry, Andreas, if you get two copies of this message.]

On Wed, Feb 04, 2004 at 11:20:35AM +0100, Andreas Hahn wrote:
> I have one problem and I hope you can help me. I'am a linux and latex user. I 
> will try to write some documentation with cyrillic letters (the editor is 
> switched to koi-r signs). The latex documents start like this:
> \documentclass[russian]{article}
> \usepackage[T2A]{fontenc}
> \usepackage[koi8-r]{inputenc}
> \usepackage{babel}
> \usepackage{mathtext} 
> \begin{document}
> ���� � ��������� ���������� 
> \end{document} 
> But when I compile this document my results are only ????? sign's. What is the 
> reason. Thank's for help.

[NOTE: My editor / MUA / God knows what tends to re-encode the e-mail
messages I am sending.  So excuse any distortions in the above

Unfortunately I cannot reproduce your problem on my old teTeX that comes
with Debian.  Here is what I get for the file cited above:

[--- Begin output: -------------------------------------------------]
This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.4.5)
LaTeX2e <2001/06/01>
Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german, ngerman, b
ulgarian, nohyphenation, loaded.
Document Class: article 2001/04/21 v1.4e Standard LaTeX document class

Package babel Warning: No hyphenation patterns were loaded for
(babel)                the language `Russian'
(babel)                I will use the patterns loaded for \language=0 instead.

)) (/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/t2/mathtext.sty) (./doc.aux) [1] (./doc.aux) )
Output written on doc.dvi (1 page, 276 bytes).
Transcript written on doc.log.
[--- End output. ---------------------------------------------------]

Afterwards, the ".dvi" is perfectly reading ``A cabinet of controlling
devices.'' in Russian (as well as the ".ps" resulting from `dvips`).

My off-head's-top suggestions:
	* Are you entering the text in KOI8-R (instead of let's say
	* What is your (La)TeX version?
	* What is your babel version?
	* What fonts do you have installed / are you using (in LaTeX,
	  and in your ".dvi" processor)?

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