[tex-live] LuaTeX crashes when loading some of URW fonts

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Mon Jul 12 18:35:29 CEST 2010

On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 05:41:11PM +0200, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> On 07/12/2010 04:10 PM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> >LuaTeX crashes when attempting to load any of the following three fonts:
> >GaramondNo8-Ita.ttf
> >LetterGothic-BolIta.ttf
> >NimbusRomNo9L-MediItal.ttf
> I can't reproduce those exact crashes with the texlive binary
> (x64_64-linux). However, in my case the texlive binary crashes on
> A030-Bol.ttf and URWGothicL-BookObli.ttf, and a self-compiled
> binary crashed on NimbusRomNo9L-Regu.ttf.
> Even though the crashes are somewhat random, I do think I have
> found what is causing them. Ttx output shows the following:
> [taco at boo urwfonts-1.41]$ grep bXHeight *.ttx | grep -v \"0\"
> A028-Med.ttx:      <bXHeight value="6"/>
> A030-Bol.ttx:      <bXHeight value="164"/>
> AntiqueOlive-Ita.ttx:      <bXHeight value="24"/>
> CenturySchL-BoldItal.ttx:      <bXHeight value="198"/>
> Dingbats.ttx:      <bXHeight value="1"/>
> GaramondNo8-Ita.ttx:      <bXHeight value="125"/>
> GaramondNo8-MedIta.ttx:      <bXHeight value="9"/>
> LetterGothic-BolIta.ttx:      <bXHeight value="71"/>
> Mauritius-Reg.ttx:      <bXHeight value="11"/>
> NimbusMonL-BoldObli.ttx:      <bXHeight value="5"/>
> NimbusMono-Reg.ttx:      <bXHeight value="2"/>
> NimbusRomanNo9-MedIta.ttx:      <bXHeight value="162"/>
> NimbusRomNo9L-MediItal.ttx:      <bXHeight value="40"/>
> NimbusRomNo9L-Regu.ttx:      <bXHeight value="133"/>
> NimbusSanL-BoldItal.ttx:      <bXHeight value="4"/>
> StandardSymL.ttx:      <bXHeight value="7"/>
> U001Con-BolIta.ttx:      <bXHeight value="6"/>
> U001-Ita.ttx:      <bXHeight value="1"/>
> U001-Reg.ttx:      <bXHeight value="24"/>
> URWBookmanL-LighItal.ttx:      <bXHeight value="31"/>
> URWClassico-Ita.ttx:      <bXHeight value="8"/>
> URWClassico-Reg.ttx:      <bXHeight value="2"/>
> URWGothicL-BookObli.ttx:      <bXHeight value="194"/>
> URWPalladioL-BoldItal.ttx:      <bXHeight value="15"/>
> The panose bXheight parameter is supposed to be between 0 and 7, and
> luatex is actually counting on that to convert the number into a string.
> This failure to accept rubbish input is a bug that I will commit a
> crude fix for in a moment, but nevertheless, this font set is broken as
> well: it appears there is a random value in the bXHeight fields of a
> lot of the fonts (only StandardSymL makes any sense).

I was suspecting a font issue, too, I get no crashes with
urwfonts-8.71.tar.bz2, so may be it has long been fixed.

 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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