I'm trying to set a heading in DejaVu Serif Condensed Bold. Simplified, here's the code:

\setmainfont{DejaVu Serif Condensed}
\bfseries\huge Curriculum Vitæ

On processing with XeLaTeX, I get this:

XeTeX output

while with LuaLaTeX, this:

LuaTeX output

which is the regular series. This is backed up by the log. XeLaTeX shows no warnings, but LuaLaTeX gives this:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape EU2/DejaVuSerifCondensed(0)/bx/n' undefined usingEU2/DejaVuSerifCondensed(0)/m/n' instead on input li

What's going on here?

For reference, TeXLive 2012 updated to final version, Windows 7

It occurred to me that I might have different fonts in the Windows system font folder and in the texmf-dist tree. Not so - the two folders have identical copies of the fonts.

  • same here with cygwin texlive 2012 Jun 13, 2013 at 18:58
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    The warning means that luaotfload couldn’t find the bold font when fontspec asked for it. I can reproduce it with TeX Live 2013 as well, so it is a luaotfload bug and should be reported. Jun 13, 2013 at 20:17
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    I can reproduce it too. As a workaround you can setup the bold font directly: \setmainfont[BoldFont=DejaVu Serif Condensed Bold]{DejaVu Serif Condensed} Jun 14, 2013 at 8:38
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    Can’t reproduce it with the current luaotfload. Here, luaotfload-tool --find="DejaVu Serif Condensed" correctly resolves to DejaVuSerifCondensed.ttf (in TL texmf tree). Consequently, the example code produces the same result with Luatex as with Xetex. Jun 14, 2013 at 11:17
  • @KhaledHosny Would you like me to add an issue to your github tracker? Jun 15, 2013 at 17:45

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You can do a hack to get the right fonts when LuaLaTeX is used, while the bug is being solved:



    BoldFont={* Bold},
    ItalicFont={* Italic},
    BoldItalicFont={* BoldItalic}
  ]{DejaVu Serif Condensed}
  \setmainfont{DejaVu Serif Condensed}


Curriculum Vitae

{\bfseries Curriculum Vitae}

{\itshape Curriculum Vitae}

{\bfseries\itshape Curriculum Vitae}


This is the result with LuaLaTeX

enter image description here

(I've changed æ, that I consider wrong, into ae, I hope you don't mind.)

  • I detected a similar problem. "DejaVu Serif" is resolved to "dejavuserifcondensed.ttf" instead of "dejavuserif.ttf". So setting main font to "DejaVu Serif" causes a very different line and page breaks between lualatex and xelatex. Any workaround for this?
    – JLDiaz
    Jul 9, 2013 at 15:31
  • @JLDiaz It seems that luaotfload matches the wrong font; indeed luaotfload-tool --find="DejaVu Serif" prints out Resolved file name “DejaVuSerifCondensed.ttf”
    – egreg
    Jul 9, 2013 at 15:45
  • @JLDiaz This seems a bug. Loading the font with \setmainfont[ Extension=.ttf, UprightFont=*, ItalicFont=*-Italic, BoldFont=*-Bold, BoldItalicFont=*-BoldItalic, ]{DejaVuSerif} at least is a workaround.
    – egreg
    Jul 9, 2013 at 15:54
  • Thank you very much for the workaround. I reported the bug in the luaotfload bugtrack.
    – JLDiaz
    Jul 9, 2013 at 16:19

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