The following example produces some wrong font shapes:


\textsf{\textit{\textbf{E L g h}}}

Here is what I get: BiolinumProblem (I am using OsX 10.10.1, MacTeX 2014, I update my installation through TeX Live, and I have libertine version 5.3.0) Is this my mistake, a problem with my installation, or a bug of the font?


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    For me this produces a slanted sans serif bold font - as described in the documentation. Can you post an image or describe what you get? – Andrew Swann Dec 14 '14 at 19:42
  • I can confirm; with pdflatex I get the same shapes. With LuaLaTeX and XeLaTeX the glyphs are OK. – egreg Dec 17 '14 at 21:35
  • I get the same as Nicola and egreg with pdfLaTeX. @AndrewSwann Is it clean for you with pdfLaTeX? If so, what version do you have? My libertine.sty is from 2014-11-25. – cfr Dec 18 '14 at 23:27
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    @cfr I see the same problem with pdflatex, at least on screen with large magnification. I haven't tried printing. – Andrew Swann Dec 19 '14 at 8:55
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    @cfr The Type1 font has been converted from OpenType wrongly. – egreg Dec 19 '14 at 15:36

It's a bug in the Type1 version of the Biolinum font; the Type1 font used by the combination slanted/boldface is LinBiolinumTBO.pfb and this is what fontforge shows for the character “L”

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where the corner is quite evident.

The same character in the OpenType font

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Important update

Bob Tennent has submitted an updated version of the fonts on CTAN. After updating my TeX Live, the output of the test file in the question is

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