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Re: LaTeX export: when is it more useful to use LuaTeX instead of pdfTeX

From: Tim Cross
Subject: Re: LaTeX export: when is it more useful to use LuaTeX instead of pdfTeX?
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 14:10:16 +1000
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Ihor Radchenko <yantar92@gmail.com> writes:

> Tim Cross <theophilusx@gmail.com> writes:
>> Juan, I think it would be great to add your post to worg. I'm happy to
>> do this, but I think it wold also be good if we could include a basic
>> 'setup' i.e. what changes people might need to (or should do to maximise
>> benefit) in order to try out luatex. For example, what settings to put
>> in org-latex-pdf-process (I'm guessing something like "lualatex
>> -interaction nonstopmode -output-directory %o %f") and what (if any)
>> packages to add/remove from the org-latex-packages-alist etc (I'm
>> guessing that perhaps some font related packages may need tweaking?).
>> Ideally, what would be good is a very simple recipe for what someone
>> should do in order to try out luatex and get the most out of it (or at
>> least see potential). 
> If only a minor tweaking is required to make luatex work with generic
> Org export, I'd add direct support of luatex to ox-latex.el depending on
> the value of org-latex-compiler.
> Or we may go even further and make org-latex-compiler default to luatex.
> This will benefit all the non-latin language users.

Perhaps easy choice/switching would be useful. Not sure about changing
the default - from what I can see, it would make processing slower for
all those using latin languages. (however, I'm not good on judging slow
- from my perspective, little is slow these days. I still recall
waiting overnight just to compile my linux kernel, which was much much
smaller back then. My thesis, written in Latex, use to take
enough time to generate a postscript file I could go and make a coffee!
Everything has gotten faster as I've gotten slower!)

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