LuaTeX is a Unicode-capable extension of TeX which integrates the scripting language Lua. Use this tag if your question is about LuaTeX or LuaLaTeX specific problems and is not related to standard (La)TeX. For ConTeXt related questions use {context-mkiv}.

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Issues with TeX sub-formula formatting

As generally acknowledged TeX offers superb formatting capabilities for math in an automated fashion. Nevertheless there are some areas with clear deficiencies that one either has to accept or ...
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Combining \ifxetex and \ifluatex with the logical OR operation

I want to write in the preamble of a LaTeX document code that should be take into account by different compilers when the document is typeset. There are fragments that should be used: only by ...
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How can I access a specific glyph in LuaLaTeX/Fontspec?

The OTF version of Minion Pro contains several Dingbats glyphs I would like to access. Some of them are not unicode, so I can not just copy the specific unicode character I want to access into my text ...
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PDF file size with LuaLaTeX vs XeLaTeX

I have a set one one page documents written in LaTex. The same file compiled in LuaLaTeX is about 23 times larger than when it is complied using XeLaTex (about 641 KB vs 28 kb). I tried with a couple ...
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Why do I need Lua or LaTeX3 in a plain old technical document?

I wrote and maintain a couple hundred page computer related technical spec in XeLaTeX. I use tables, figures, bitfields, algorithms and other typical trappings. I'm intrigued by LuaTeX and LaTeX3, ...
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Conflict between microtype, LuaLaTeX, and otf fonts when typesetting material in small-caps

I'm using the microtype package (microtype beta 2.5 build 08) to modify my document and I'd like to retain its functionality across all font shapes with the exception of small-caps (\scshape). How do ...
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TeX accents do not seem to work with fontspec and xe/lua/latex

I am using Minion Pro as mainfont and it does not have in its glyph table the character U+1E47 Latin small letter with dot below which I need only once in my document. Rather than change to another ...
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Analog of \pdfelapsedtime for LuaTeX and XeTeX

In pdfTeX, the \pdfelapsedtime primitive gives access to the time since this pdfTeX run was started, in "scaled seconds" (1/65536 seconds). This is useful to benchmark code: repeat it many times, and ...
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LuaLaTeX protrusion problem with Negative value

Please see the following screen shots. As you can see there are two "overfull" hbox there. However, LaTeX does not produced any overfull box warning at all. I tried to produce a minimal working ...
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Randomly reduce the number of pages

My colleagues and I wrote a book that has m pages. Our editor wants n << m pages. For fun, I'd like to submit him two versions of our book. One version that randomly suppress (m - n) pages ...
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Would you consider Luatex to be ready for a production environment

I'm setting up a number of document with dynamic texts. Basically LaTeX is view mechanism to dynamically present the results of ongoing statistical analysis on a database. So I have numerous \ifnums ...
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Why do user-defined whatsit nodes affect LuaTeX pagebreaking?

EDIT: A summary of the possible answers is given below. In my current LuaTeX project I am using user-defined whatsit nodes to transfer information between the different stages of a LuaTeX run. On ...
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How do I get a list of all available fonts for luaotfload?

luaotfload uses an internal database that gets updated with mkluatexfontdb. So it knows about a lot of fonts installed on my computer. How can I query this database? Something like luatexfontdb ...
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How do I get a list of all font features supported by current font

With LuaTeX, how do I get a list of OTF features supported by the current font in use printed? For example, with otfinfo, I can get a list of OTF features by otfinfo -f font_file_name. Can I do ...
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Create a LibreOffice spreadsheet from luatex

After reading this amazing answer, I'm wondering if it possible to do the same thing but the other way round, that is create a LibreOffice spreadsheet from luatex, exporting data from the tex file to ...
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Will LaTeX3 have proper support for hooks? Does LuaTeX?

Tex has powerful support for extensions triggered by events happen in generating output, by running one of six token lists appropriately: \everycr \everydisplay \everyhbox \everymath \everypar ...
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Difference between setting parindent and hangindent

Is there a difference between setting \parindent to 1em and to setting \parindent to 0em, \hangindent to 1em, and \hangafter to -1 that shows in practical use? The nodes created by TeX are ...
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pgfplot: plotting a large dataset

I try to plot a dataset which is large using pgfplots. Since I'm aware of problems with large files, I used the external mode. I additionally increased main_memory from 3000000 to 6000000. It crashes ...
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Footnote numbers in index (e.g., 23n3)

I'm currently weighing indexing options for a book-length project. One of the more surprising hurdles is that there doesn't seem to be a way to create an index (in my case, several indices) that ...
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Reference about “modern” LaTeX usage for scientific works

I am looking for a reference (book, free pdf, website) that would summarize the working of "modern" LaTeX for scientific works (I'm writing my master thesis). I know and have been using LaTeX for ...
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Installing Lua Modules for use in LuaLaTeX

I've done all of the searching that I can, and I think I've read the right answer, but am too dumb to know that I read it. I can't seem to figure out the magic tricks to get Lua modules, installed by ...
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Letterspacing/font expansion in LuaLaTeX

I am a few months into learning LaTeX. I would like to use microtype with LuaLaTeX and I would like to obtain letter spacing for my smallcaps. I've tried to follow some of the threads on the subject ...
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LuaLaTeX + fontspec: cannot compare documents with Acrobat

I use the option "compare documents" in Adobe Acrobat Pro a lot to highlight changes between revisions. What I just noticed is, if I compile a simple document such as the one below with LuaLaTeX + ...
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Bembo, Bembo Book or Garamond Premier Pro? And how to exploit all their features with LuaLaTex?

I am allowed to use one of these fonts (or the three of them if I want) to edit a document. Here is the list of the Bembo fonts I have : Bembo-Bold.otf Bembo-ExtraBoldOsF.otf ...
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How to read a file with luatex

I tried to read a file with lua and set the content as normal text in my document, but I didn't worked it out. Here my code: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{luatextra} \usepackage{filecontents} ...
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Reviewing hyphenations with LuaTeX

This question led to a new package: lua-check-hyphen I wrote a question (Accessing pointers in LuaTeX) hoping it would lead me to a way of reviewing the hyphenations with LuaTeX, and without ...
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How to suppress the operation of a luatex-defined macro on a string if the string is part of macro or a label

I'm working towards creating a lualatex-based package that lets users automatically suppress the use of ligatures (for now, ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, and ft) for selected words. (For background see this ...
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Which is the best editor for LuaTeX?

Many (La)TeX editors support the LuaTeX engine. However, which one offers the best support for writing LuaTeX? Which editor or plugin supports features such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion ...
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Check if LuaTeX is running

I want to check if my tex document is compiled with LuaTeX (or any other Lua TeX compiler). The simple approach from the TeXbook is to check the \directlua macro against \@empty, like ...
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\show for Lua commands

TeX (and all newer engines) has the primitive \show which helps me probe macros, and most of the time is enough to understand/remember the implementation (rather than having to go back to the source ...
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How do you configure Texmaker to use LuaTeX?

I'm extending my use from pdfLaTeX to LuaLaTeX. However, it does not come pre-configured in the Texmaker editor. How does one configure Texmaker to use LuaTeX? (I am using ubuntu 10.4, but this ...
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LuaLaTeX: use or don't use classical font packages?

In the lualatex-doc I am reading under "switching from LaTeX to LuaLaTeX": Don’t load inputenc, just encode your source in UTF-8. Don’t load fontenc, but load fontspec. Don’t use any package that ...
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Bar plots in sans serif font

I want to typeset my bar plots with a sans serif font (using LuaTeX). I tried many options that I found searching the manual and the internet. None of them solved my problem---using different fonts ...
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Prevent LuaLaTeX from splitting umlauts

Here's a minimal example: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{fontspec}\setmainfont{Cambria} \begin{document}aöz\end{document} Compiling this into a PDF using lualatex and extracting the text using ...
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align* environment left-aligned with LuaTeX and RTL math direction

When using LuaLaTeX, with the math direction set right-to-left, the contents of an align* environment is left-aligned instead of centered. Why does this happens? How can I fix it? ...
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How to set-up LuaTeX, Microtype, with Minion Pro, Myriad Pro

Since recently I am using LuaLaTeX with the most recent beta version of Microtype, along with the fonts Minion Pro and Myriad Pro. In the manual of Microtype it says: Currently, this package ...
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In LuaLaTeX, how do I pass the content of an environment to Lua verbatim?

In LuaLaTeX, how would I go about capturing the content of an environment for (verbatim) processing by Lua? For example, consider something like \begin{foobar} Hello {World} \end{foobar} I'd like ...
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How to enable ligatures for emdash/endash in LuaTeX ?

I cannot switch on ligatures for emdash (---) and endash (--) in LuaLaTeX. Here is my test file: % !Mode:: "TeX:UTF-8" \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Possible to use MnSymbol with LuaTex?

I want to use the Minion Pro font together with math symbols from MnSymbol (http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/mnsymbol). Is this possible? It has already been discussed here -> ...
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How to use xindy with XeTeX/LuaTeX?

According to Xindy revisited: Multi-lingual index creation for the UTF-8 age (TUGboat), “if one has a raw index file that was produced by [XeTeX], one can use xindy; it will ‘just work’.” ...
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How to set expansion and protrusion for TeX Gyre Pagella using LuaLaTeX?

For my documents, I have often used the mathpazo package combined with microtype and have found the result to be really good. Because now I need to create PDFs which contain a variety of diacritics ...
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using Hoefler Text font under lualatex and MacOSX

I'm having unexpected problems getting the "Hoefler Text" font to work when using LuaLaTeX (under MacTeX2012, all the latest updates installed) on a Mac (MacOS X 10.7.4). The following MWE ...
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'Not element of' in Latin Modern

In the following example, the ∉ symbol does not look good. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{unicode-math} \setmainfont{Latin Modern Roman} \setmathfont{Latin Modern Math} \begin{document} This ...
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\lastnodetype not working as expected in luaTeX

I'm currently experimenting with the linebreak_filter of luatex and when using it to change/replace the linebreaking algorithm the \lastnodetype command stopped working. A MWE is the following: ...
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Lua function to see if a macro is defined or not

I need to determine if a TeX macro is already defined or not via a Lua function. Any ideas? function IsTeXMacroDefined(macroname) if defined(macroname) then return true end return false end
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duotone PDF files with lualatex

How to provide duotone PDF files for publishers who require it? I have a document with images (graphicx \includegraphics), TikZ diagrams, compiled with lualatex. So, if I understand it right, there ...
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How does fontspec select fonts “by name”?

When loading a font by name, what is the search mechanism being used? How is the matching done? (It's marked TODO in the documentation) I have many problems, for example: a "Hoefler Text Engraved" ...
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Devanagari/Indic in LuaTeX

As I gather from the mailing lists, LuaTeX is currently unable to render devanagari properly because it doesn't understand the complex ligature rules involved. This is my experience with test ...
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Speeding up compilation using precompiled preamble with LuaTeX

Compiling my documents with lualatex takes quite long. I have a complex preamble, and noticed it takes long to process this part of the file. Today I came across this website, which proposes a trick ...
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Industrial schematics [closed]

I'm investigating if it is possible to generate electrical schematics for industrial machinery with the LaTeX ecosystem. They are quite different from electronic circuits because are developed ...