Using fonts from the LaTeX Font Catalogue

Paulo Ney de Souza pauloney at
Sat May 8 00:55:44 CEST 2021

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 3:43 PM David Carlisle <d.p.carlisle at>

> On Fri, 7 May 2021 at 22:47, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at>
> wrote:
>> On 2021-05-07 at 21:12:44 +0200, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
>> Ulrike, this is easier said than done.  The installer doesn't know
>> where fontconfig files are located and deriving it from fc-conflist
>> isn't sufficient either.  There is no fontconfig directory in the
>> user's HOME directory by default and the one in /etc is not writable
>> by mortal users.  The only reliable solution is to give some hints in
>> the documentation.
>> Regards,
>>   Reinhard
> That is true but.... How feasible would it be to not configure fontspec to
> look in the telive tree and instead use a kpathsearch aliases file?
> That was originally because someone was mad enough to name the longtable
> package with more than 8 letters but  could we re-write
> texmf-var/luatex-cache/generic/names/luaotfload-lookup-cache.lua
> in that format so kpathsea can find the fonts using their internal font
> names?
> David

This is an important issue because releasing such an amount of fonts on a
system is not an unconsequential move. I do remember that a couple of
releases ago, the fc-cache move would break Evince display due to similarly
named, but distinct fonts.

Paulo Ney
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