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Re: Modular texlive and xelatex

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: Re: Modular texlive and xelatex
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:27:48 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Andreas,

Andreas Enge <> writes:

> Am Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 09:06:06PM +0200 schrieb Ricardo Wurmus:
>> The tlpdb says that this file is provided by the xunicode package –
>> which we don’t have yet.
>> [time passes]
> Not much actually!
>> We now have texlive-xunicode as of commit
>> 793ce82c9d5ead8457da9cec8d1d8afc12704f10.
> Thanks a lot! I used "guix import texlive floatflt" to add this package.
> Congratulations for a nice importer! (Although I stumbled over needing to
> add #:trivial? #t, which becomes obvious only when comparing with
> neighbouring packages.)
> The result for my file still is not quite like the monolithic texlive.
> First, babel complains as follows:
> Package babel Warning: No hyphenation patterns were preloaded for
> (babel)                the language `German (trad. orthography)' into the 
> format.
> (babel)                Please, configure your TeX system to add them and
> (babel)                rebuild the format. Now I will use the patterns
> (babel)                preloaded for \language=0 instead on input line 62.
> I have installed texlive-generic-babel-german and texlive-hyphen-german;
> have you got an idea what I am missing?
> Second, the font (Linux Libertine O) looks ragged, and a "--" is typeset
> as two dashes instead of an ndash. Suggestions are also welcome!

If you're going for xelatex, I suggest migrating from Babel to
Polyglossia, as that's recently been fixed and tested to work fine with
e.g. generating the IPython documentation in PDF format.

Hope that helps,


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