I have downloaded and installed URW Palladio L which has become the free and open source variant of URW Palladio. I am using this font in my LaTeX by using XeLaTeX. XeLaTeX, however, does not find the bold font if it is needed.

I have created a minimal example to demonstrate my problem.

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper]{scrreprt}    
\setmainfont{URW Palladio L}

I am regular URW Palladio L.
\textbf{I am bold URW Palladio L, but XeLaTeX cannot find me.}
{\setmainfont{URW Palladio L Bold} I am bold URW Palladio L, however, I was forced to do that.}    

After rendering this looks like so.

Rendering that shows how the regular font works, the typical bold one is not found, and if the font is selected manually it works again

As you can see, it only works if I select the bold version manually. I get the following error:

LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `EU1/URWPalladioL(0)/bx/n' undefined
(Font)              using `EU1/URWPalladioL(0)/m/n' instead on input line 8.

While the font is there, it is not found by XeLaTeX. If I execute fc-list | grep "URW Palladio L" on my Ubuntu machine I get the following result:

/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/p052023l.pfb: URW Palladio L:style=Italic
/home/platzhirsch/.local/share/fonts/urw-palladio-l-roman.ttf: URW Palladio L:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/p052004l.pfb: URW Palladio L:style=Bold
/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/p052003l.pfb: URW Palladio L:style=Roman
/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/p052024l.pfb: URW Palladio L:style=Bold Italic

What could be the reason for that mismatch, respectively what could I do to investigate this?

1 Answer 1


After I have finished writing the question I directly found the solution and I think it's certainly worth sharing:

The problem is indicated in the grepped output of fc-list. The URW Palladio L regular font is listed twice. One time in /usr/share and then again in the local home folder in .local/share. The local font interfers with the system wide font.

After I deleted urw-palladio-l-roman.ttf in /home/platzhirsch/.local/share/fonts it works and XeLaTeX finds the appropriate fonts.

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