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Re: Bug#787759: Problems with building release-notes PDF for Russian

On Mon, 15 Jun 2015, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Unfortunately the Russian variant is still not working properly:
> - make pdf LINGUA=ru architecture=amd64
> 	produces strange output where *every* Palatino character
> 	is replaced by Ä ... my guess is that in the LINGUA=ru
> 	case one needs to change the font, the Palatino does not
> 	contain Cyrillic characters

Ahh, I guess I know the problem:
* texlive-fonts-recommended ships the original URW fonts
* ghostscript-fonts ships the fonts where cyrillic characters
  are added

That has for long been a specific change of Debian, and was not endorsed
by URW. Thanks to recent activity from various sides, thje official
URW distribution now also contains cyrillic characters (AFAIR), but
TeX Live is not updated (not when it was frozen, and nor is it now).

But unfortunately it seems that fontconfig returns the TeX Live font
instead of the ghostscript font, thus breaking Cyrillic.

Reading the debug log of xdvipdfmx it seems that some fonts are taken
from ghostscript, some from tl, so all is messed up.

I have played around now a bit to create proper Russian/Cyrillic
release notes, and I suggest for now to use 
	Charis SIL
that is, replace 
	URW Palladio L
	Charis SIL
at least for the Russian release notes.

Hope that helps


PREINING, Norbert                               http://www.preining.info
JAIST, Japan                                 TeX Live & Debian Developer
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