[tex-live] [XeTeX] Three questions on XeTeX, TeXLive 2008, and Ubuntu

Pander pander at users.sourceforge.net
Mon May 11 22:36:56 CEST 2009

Nicolas Vaughan wrote:
> Hello,
> I decided to move from Ubuntu 8.10 to Ubuntu 9.04. Apart from some video
> problems, I've got problems with my TeXLive 2008 installation. I have
> the following questions, I somebody my be so kind as to hint me with them:
>    1. *Where do I tell XeTeX to find the fonts? *I created a .fonts
>       directory, where I put all my OTFs. Buy I don't remember in which
>       conf file I tell XeTeX to look for them. (In my previous
>       installation all worked smoothly.)

>From a reply to an earlier post:

On Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:12:20PM +0200, Pander wrote:
> > However, the lmodern files in TexLive2008 are not picked up by Inkscape,
> > Scribus, OpenOffice, etc.

You can edit your fontconfig configuration to pick those fonts. e.g.:

$ cat ~/.fonts.conf
<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM 'fonts.dtd'>


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>    2. *How can I fool Ubuntu to acknowledge TL 2008 is installed?* With
>       Ubuntu 8.10 I followed this instructions
>       (http://weblog.elzevir.fr/2008/11/tex-live-2008-a-la-vanille-sur-debian-like/)
>       for that (in particular, to install Kile without having to install
>       TL 2007), but this isn't working at all with Ubuntu 9.04. I
>       understand that Ubuntu switched to a new package
>    3. Finally, does somebody know *why the Ubuntu repositories only
>       distribute TexLive 2008*?! It's preposterous!
> Thanks!
> Best wishes!
> Nicolas Vaughan
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