Until now I did not switch to LuaTeX and prefer pdfTeX, because it's faster. Since some years I've been using the old libertine-legacy package, e.g. because I need the command \libertingeGlyphand \biolinumGlyph, which print a certain glyph.

On the long run I'll have to dismiss libertine-legacy and replace it either with libertine or the fork libertinus.

Can somebody point out differences between these two packages with regard to pdfTeX, which I'm using?

And how I can use e.g. roman numbering without the \libertineGlyphcommand, which used to provide the roman numbering glyphs from libertine in an example like this:




I'd like to use a Roman Number, but how to do without \libertineGlyph{Oneroman}


Or how can I define the two mentioned commands, either with libertine or libertinus-package?

  • I have no idea about fonts, but it seems to me that libertine-legacy defines many additional font families to get around the 256(?) character limit per family. So you can access these special characters by being internally re-routed to another font family. The new libertine package does not do these shenanigans and so you can only access the 256 characters per family.
    – moewe
    Commented May 5, 2018 at 7:05
  • Since last september there is also a libertinus-type1 package on CTAN. Herbert Voss has written a wrapper package libertinus.
    – campa
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:38

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Can somebody point out differences between these two packages with regard to pdfTeX

libertinus (and libertinus-otf) will not work with pdf(la)tex. Use libertine (or libertine-legacy) or use xelatex (or lualatex) with libertinus and libertinus-otf.

  • Yes, I looked into the package libertinus and found only *.otf files. Whenever I find time I'll dive into the libertine.sty of the new libertine package and try to find out, if the \libertineGlyphcommand is included or how to define it.
    – Keks Dose
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:50
  • As already mentioned, the \...Glyph commands are defined for use with the otf fonts. See Section D.4 of the documentation for explanation of how the commands are defined.
    – user51830
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 18:31
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    At least nowadays, libertinus can also use libertinus-type1 which works on pdf(la)tex. Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 13:43

You mention lua(la)tex but not xe(la)tex. Using the libertine package with xelatex, the \libertineGlyph and \biolinumGlyph commands should be available.

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