After updating my MikTeX distribution couple of days ago I discovered that search for words with ligatures (such as "fi" in prefix), which has worked before, fails.

Here the MWE illustrating the problem (compilation with xelatex):


As discussed here, the line \usepackage{fontspec} enables the correct behaviour.

Adding the font settings \setmainfont[...]{FutigerLTCom-Light} leads to the incorrect behaviour. Is there a bug that possibly has been introduced to the fontspec package or somewhere else in one of the latest MikTeX updates?

closed as off-topic by Kurt, samcarter, siracusa, Troy, Stefan Pinnow Nov 21 '18 at 5:32

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    I can confirm that there is problem, not only in miktex but also in texlive 2018. It looks like a xdvipdfmx problem and I did sent a message to the texlive list. – Ulrike Fischer May 4 '18 at 16:08
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    The problem has been hopefully fixed in the sources. I can't say when it will picked up by miktex. – Ulrike Fischer May 6 '18 at 12:30
  • I updated my MikTeX distribution, but unfortunately I see no changes. BTW, if I use \setmainfont{Times New Roman}, everything works as expected... – Mik May 10 '18 at 16:55
  • I have miktex next here on the PC, perhaps the newest xdvipdfmx isn't yet in the standard miktex. – Ulrike Fischer May 10 '18 at 17:00
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it was solved after updating as mentioned in comments. – Kurt Nov 20 '18 at 22:08