I am using XeTeX and love it very much. When I use helatex, I have no problems at all. But I want to try do it «True Way»: plainTex. XeTeX takes all annoyance with unicode from me, but sample like this

{\bf Привет, мир!}


fails, because font have not cyrillic symbols. So, my question is example of font(with tfm file), that have cyrillic symbols.

My system is Arch GNU/Linux.

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    You basically have to reproduce the working of \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} and of \usepackage[T2A]{fontenc}. Not impossible, but quite a project.
    – egreg
    May 12, 2012 at 12:17
  • Why do you want to use a font with tfm with xetex? Why don't you use simply a system font with cyrillic symbols? And why do you want to restrict yourself to an old and plain system when newer and better systems like latex or context exist? May 12, 2012 at 12:49
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    @Ulrike: the word "restrict" is sooooo out of place in your comment! ;-)
    – morbusg
    May 12, 2012 at 15:10
  • @Ulrike: Because I want to combine deep understanding that can be digged in Knuth' book and UTF-8 convinence.
    – KAction
    May 19, 2012 at 8:42

2 Answers 2


I managed to make it work with the following settings:

Created file in WIN1251 encoding with the following contents:


Что сказал медведь


Выпей водки и сыграй на балалайке, Иван


Compiled it with pdftex.

I used this answer by David Carlisle in the neighbour thread to determine the font, which is used by latex, so all credits go to him.

Hope this helps.


The Plain \bf macro calls \fam6 (change math family) and also \tenbf (the actual font name), which is (by default) the Computer Modern tfm ten point bold font. So you could do (note, you said your example uses tfm, my example uses OpenType font which came with OSX, because you explicitly mentioned XeTeX and Unicode):


{\bf Привет, мир!}

  • What does this have to do with the question?
    – egreg
    May 12, 2012 at 15:21
  • @egreg: what do you mean? Does my edit clear things up?
    – morbusg
    May 12, 2012 at 16:04
  • The question deals with "classical" TeX fonts (with tfm file).
    – egreg
    May 12, 2012 at 16:18
  • @egreg: I understand the question differently.
    – morbusg
    May 12, 2012 at 17:55
  • XeTeX dont find tfm file for Baskervillie so by analogy I tried use DejaVu Sans Mono, that works perfectly for xelatex. Strangely, I get no cyrillic symbols.
    – KAction
    May 19, 2012 at 8:43

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