I just had my first experience with LyX 2.1.3. To my (unpleasant) surprise, a \cdot command is rendered indistinguishable from a \times command in the on-screen preview (as a cross, that is). Up until LyX 2.0 a \cdot was a dot and a \times was a cross. Can I get the 2.0 preview style back?

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    – Symbol 1
    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:21
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    Linux? Try sudo apt-get install latex-xft-fonts
    – LaRiFaRi
    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:30
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    If possible try to update to version 2.1.4 and install the fonts I just recommended. If it does not help, you might want to report this somewhere over here.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:39
  • I'm running a debian testing distribution, and 2.1.3 is the latest version offered. The package latex-xft-fonts could not be located by apt-get. But thanks for the tip anyway.
    – dirkd
    Aug 28, 2015 at 16:42

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Thank you so much, LaRiFaRi! You saved me a lot of frustration. While your suggestion did not solve my problem right away, it put me on the right track. Browsing the package list in Synaptic, I noticed the package 'fonts-lyx' (true-type versions of some TeX fonts used by LyX). Installing that package solved the problem. It should be installed by default, if you ask me.

  • apt-cache show lyx shows that fonts-lyx is "recommended". How did you install LyX? If you did "sudo apt-get install lyx", then all recommended packages are set to install by default. They are only not installed if you do sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends lyx. I don't recall how it works if you installed LyX through Synaptic or the .deb directly.
    – scottkosty
    Sep 27, 2015 at 20:55

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