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Can someone explain to me in layman's terms what fontspec is? And is it needed by polyglossia?

Thanks

Bonus points: "makecmds.sty not found". Why?

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    it is best not to ask unrelated questions in the same post, makecmds you presumably just need to install if you don't have it tlmgr install makecmds (or equivalent in miktex) although xparse is possibly recommended instead these days. describing fontspec will take a longer answer – David Carlisle Jun 9 at 17:21
  • The Getting started section of the fontspec manual is fairly easy reading (texdoc fontspec or online copy at texdoc.net/texmf-dist/doc/latex/fontspec/fontspec.pdf – David Carlisle Jun 9 at 17:29
  • Thanks guys, and sorry for any improprieties; I just don't know where else to look for answers. Re makecmds, on running tlmgr install makecmds, I get problems with tlpdb. – Ben Grange Jul 14 at 17:21
  • If you have a tlmgr failure then you should ask a new question about that, showing the full error message that you get, that us unrelated to a fontspec/polyglossia question. – David Carlisle Jul 14 at 18:52

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