Consider this MWE:


  \setmainfont{Latin Modern Roman}
  \setsansfont{Latin Modern Sans}
  \setmonofont{Latin Modern Mono}

X marks the spot.

Using the standard ISO of TeXLive 2014 on Ubuntu 14.04.1, LuaLaTex compiles this; XeLaTeX, on the other hand, gives this error:

! fontspec error: "font-not-found"
! The font "Latin Modern Roman" cannot be found.
! See the fontspec documentation for further information.
! For immediate help type H <return>.

l.4   \setmainfont{Latin Modern Roman}

What’s going on, and how do I fix this?


1 Answer 1


is sufficient. It will set the fonts to Latin Modern by default. That said, your code compiles fine for me.

I am not that familiar with XeLaTeX. However, I know it uses OS fonts and I know it handles things differently from LuaLaTeX. So you may need to tell your system about the TeX fonts. For example, I have the following configuration file /etc/fonts/conf.avail/09-texlive-fonts.conf:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">

This is then sym linked from /etc/fonts/conf.d/. You then would need to update the fontconfig cache etc. However, the best way to handle this is to see if your distro has a package which does something similar when its own packages are installed. If it does, just follow the lead of that package, adapting it for an upstream install.

Useful commands: mkfontscale, mkfontdir fc-cache. But check your distro - it may prefer wrappers for some of these commands.

Note that my use of current may not work for you. You likely need 2014 instead.

  • Fortunately, this works in this particular case, but I would like to keep waiting for further answers, since my original code used to work.
    – Adam Khan
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:09
  • @AdamKhan And it should work. It works for me. Are you sure that the Latin Modern fonts are installed system-wide? (Not just for TeX.) Can you use other system fonts?
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:14
  • @AdamKhan Just realised: don't mark this answer as accepted! You are hoping for a more satisfactory one. If you don't get one in a couple of days, it would be reasonable to accept this one. But don't do it now. (You can unaccept it, I think.)
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:16
  • System fonts work, even those with spaces. Only TeX fonts fail. I used sudo ./install-tl to install TeXLive.
    – Adam Khan
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:21
  • @AdamKhan I do not use XeLaTeX much but, as I understand it, it uses system fonts. So I think you need to have the TeX fonts included with your system fonts. (LuaLaTeX does things a bit differently.) For example, I created...
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:27

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