I have downloaded a latex template for a thesis from Harvard University.

Currently I'm using Linux Mint Nadia 14.

The instructions of the template tells you to install the needed fonts (which are included) with the command: sudo cp fonts/* /usr/local/share/fonts/ I have done so but I had to add to the command the flag -r in order to work properly. When I try to compile the tex (using a compilation script also included which uses xelatex) I get the following error:

! fontspec error: "font-not-found"
! The font "EB Garamond" cannot be found.
! See the fontspec documentation for further information.

EB Garamond is one of the fonts already installed by the previous command. I have also tried to execute sudo fc-cache -fsv from the cl. And I get in the output /usr/local/share/fonts/EB Garamond: caching, new cache contents: 10 fonts, 0 dirs

But the problem persists. Apparently it is a problem with permissions because it works with sudo. But changing the permissions of the font folders and files to 644 has not solved the problem either.

With this small example:

\fontfamily{EB Garamond}

I get the following logfile

Any idea?

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    run fc-list | grep "EB Garamond". Does it lists the fonts? If yes, give a complete example how you define the font setting.
    – user2478
    Mar 24, 2014 at 9:58
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    Is it listed or not? However, for fonts use 644 as permission.
    – user2478
    Mar 24, 2014 at 10:16
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    Ok, it is listed. Then you have a wrong \fontspec or \setmainfont command. Show what you did!
    – user2478
    Mar 24, 2014 at 10:29
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    have /usr/local/share and /usr/local/share/fonts 755 permission?
    – user2478
    Mar 24, 2014 at 10:37
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    Again: Create a small example and then show the logfile!
    – user2478
    Mar 24, 2014 at 11:08

1 Answer 1


This is an example document:

\setmainfont{EB Garamond}

run it with xelatex and then show the logfile if it fails. With

pdffonts testfile.pdf I get

name                         type        encoding    emb sub uni object ID
---------------------------- ----------- ----------- --- --- --- ---------
ZXTLQL+EBGaramond-Identity-H CID Type 0C Identity-H  yes yes yes      5  0
  • It fails, I dont get a pdf. The log file is here: dropbox.com/s/vg8z0k8l0q5x3xy/example2.log And again with sudo works, and I get the same output as you: MZZYTQ+EBGaramond12-Regular-Identity-H CID Type 0C Identity-H yes yes yes 5 0 Mar 24, 2014 at 12:25
  • By setting 755 in all font folders and all its contents and keeping the S bit on in the permissions. It seems to work now. Really thanks for your time. Mar 24, 2014 at 12:35

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