I'm using TexLive 2014, last update yesterday

tlmgr info yfonts gothic
package:     yfonts
installed:   Yes
cat-date:    2012-04-16 12:07:42 +0200

package:     gothic
installed:   Yes
cat-date:    2014-05-03 14:16:52 +0200

When I process this file (pdflatex/xelatexy)

\yinipar{\color{red}L}orem ipsum \ldots

it produces following error:

kpathsea: Running mktexmf yinitas
! I can't find file `yinitas'.

Has anybody succesfully used yfonts or gothic with a recent TL2014? I tried more examples from SE, but it seems that something changed since then.

Maybe I should rephrase the question: What steps do I have to take in order to use the beautiful gothic initials of Yannis Haralambous?

I do have:

find -iname '*yinit*'


but reading README.yinit does not really help me.


Based on a hint of Ulrike Fischer on c.t.t I found the following solution:

Step 1: download (and unzip) yinit-as.zip from CTAN. It contains:


Step 2: put the files where tex can find them (e.g in ~/texmf or .../texmf-local)

md .../texmf-local/fonts/tfm/yinit-as
cp yinit-as/yinitas.tfm .../texmf-local/fonts/tfm/yinit-as
md .../texmf-local/fonts/source/yinit-as
cp yinit-as/yinitas.mf .../texmf-local/fonts/source/yinit-as
md .../texmf-local/doc/yinit-as
cp yinit-as/{README,yinitas.txt} .../texmf-local/doc/yinit-as
md .../texmf-local/tex/latex/yinit-as
cp yinit-as/initials.sty .../texmf-local/tex/latex/yinit-as

Don't forget to run


to update your search database

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I adjusted @egreg answer here with package lettrine as convenient way to use the beautiful gothic initials of Yannis Haralambous.

\lettrine{\color{purple}L}{orem ipsum odio metus}. \lipsum[2]

Initial Haralambous L with lettrine

I posted here a description (in spanish) to use Yannis Haralambous' initials.

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I had the same issue and I resolved it by replacing yinitas with yinit in file yfonts.dtx.

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    @Guido It is an answer. – egreg Feb 25 '15 at 20:59

In yfonts.sty the value of \initdefault is yinitas, which is not installed in TeX Live. But yinit is installed, so you should redefine \initdefault:

{\frakfamily\fraklines\yinipar{U}nd da er ihn fand, sprach er zu ihm:
Glaubest du an den Sohn Gottes? 36. Er antwortete und sprach:
Herr, welcher ist's ... Du hast ihn gesehen, und der mit dir
redet, der ist's. 38. Er aber sprach: Herr, ich glaube; und
betete ihn an. Und Jesus sprach: Ich bin zum Gerichte auf diese
Welt kommen, auf da\ss, die da nicht sehen, sehend werden, und
die da sehen, blind werden. Und solches höreten etliche der Pharis\"{a}er,
die bei ihm waren, und sprachen zu ihm: Sind wir denn auch blind?\par}

enter image description here

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