After a recent update to my installation of TeXLive 2016, I get

l.275 ...opolis}{Patching section title failed}\@ehc

when I try to xelatex or lualatex the file demo.tex in texmf-dist/doc/latex/beamertheme-metropolis/demo.tex

(The same happens with my own sources.)

I thank Joseph Wright and the maintainer of metropolis for having fixed the same problem early this year, in January. Unfortunately, it has crept back in.


This behaviour is due to a bug in the metropolis theme which was fixed with v1.2 of the metropolis theme.

Where possible, you should update your TeX distribution to install the current release. If this is not possible, for example if you want to change only this one package or where you do not have the privileges to update the entire distribution, you will need to install the package locally. This option should be considered a last resort, since for more complex packages there may be package dependencies that will make local installation more complicated and error-prone.


In Debian stretch for instance you are stuck with TexLive2016, so you can simply update/install the beamertheme-metropolis package using tlmgr: tlmgr install beamertheme-metropolis

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