Using fonts from the LaTeX Font Catalogue

Bob Tennent rdtennent at
Sun May 9 16:04:39 CEST 2021

Paulo:  I've run out of patience.  You're getting LaTeX errors because you
haven't installed the packages. End of story.

I've asked Palle to make several changes to the Font Catalogue to make this
clear to even newbies. But if a user isn't willing to follow installation
instructions, they shouldn't be using those packages.
TeXLive and MiKTeX have plenty of fonts and other packages available with
easy and uniform installation procedures.

The fontconfig issue is only relevant if one is using xelatex on Linux and
fontspec specifications by font-name rather than file-name.
The errors you're getting have nothing to do with that.

Bob T.

On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM Paulo Ney de Souza <pauloney at>

> On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 1:28 PM Bob Tennent <rdtennent at> wrote:
>> Paulo: If you don't trust me (author and maintainer of
>> dozens of font packages), whom would you trust?
> Let me say out-loud: I DO trust you, I always had and most likely will,
> indefinitely.
> Every piece of advice I have gotten from you have been sharp, on the mark
> and
> saved me tons.
> The point here is that you are fixed on the word "Error" which is what the
> LaTeX
> runs puts out.  The problem is something completely different -- it is
> UX/UI.
> No newbie to TeX will read a 41-page post-installation manual and grasp
> that they
> will need to do an "fc-check" for running the files of the LaTeX Font
> Catalogue.
> On TeXLive,
>> packages not *in* TeXLive have to be installed from CTAN
>> (unless they're available via getnonfreefonts). On MiKTeX,
>> packages not in MiKTeX have to be installed from CTAN.
>> You may not like this but it is a fact. Sorry.
> I know -- that is the fact, but it is a sorry state of affairs --
> especially for a new user.
> Paulo Ney
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