Fwd: Re: Re: Using fonts from the LaTeX Font Catalogue

Bob Tennent rdtennent at gmail.com
Sat May 8 21:24:42 CEST 2021

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From: Bob Tennent <rdtennent at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, May 8, 2021 at 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Using fonts from the LaTeX Font Catalogue
To: Paulo Ney de Souza <pauloney at gmail.com>

Paulo:  You're not getting it.  Font packages not *in* TeXLive have to be
installed *on* TeXLive. Read the Readme for any
of the packages you think cause "errors".  The Readme should explain how to
install the package. \usepackage{xxx} if xxx hasn't been installed will
simply produce "xxx.sty missing".
The issue with xetex has nothing to do with this.

Bob T.

On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 2:51 PM Paulo Ney de Souza <pauloney at gmail.com>

> On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 6:36 AM Bob Tennent <rdtennent at gmail.com> wrote:
>> But the "errors" you have reported to texhax are mostly
>> *your* errors, likely not due to inadequate or obsolete
>> documentation.
> I am not buying that Bob. This is on a vanilla -- perfectly correct --
> installation
> of TeXLive 21.
> The "fc-cache" instructions are buried in Section 3.4.4 of a41-page
> manual,
> that if you decide to read/understand/execute it all it will take you a
> week of work.
> The fact that the standard recommendation tells you to install ALL of TeX
> fonts on
> your system is BS -- there are a ton of fonts with the same name and that
> has been
> known for breaking other tools, like for example, Evince.
> I do sincerely hope that some of the ideas ventilated by David pan out.
> Making
> XeTeX find TeX fonts-by-name should not require installation of all of
> them on
> your system.
> If it works on MikTeX, it should work -- almost -- just as well on
> TeXLive. If there is a
> problem with "freeware" we should just add it to "getnonfreefonts" which
> is our best
> framework for font installation. Installation of the Emerald Fontwerks
> fonts should be
> a one-command, not hours of reading inadequate documentation, installation
> and
> uncertainties about what you had done to your TeXLive tree.
> I now think *all* font packages not supported by
>> TeXLive or getnonfreefonts should be marked as "For
>> experts only" in the Font Catalogue or even moved into
>> a separate sub-catalogue. It's clear that TeXLive and
>> getnonfreefonts have "spoiled" you and likely many others
>> into mis-interpreting the Usage information in the
>> Catalogue.
>> Bob T.
> I think so too, and hopefully Palle is reading some of this.
> Paulo Ney
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