XeLaTeX fun

After reading this post I wanted to dabble with TeX again. I haven’t used it since university days so I thought it was time to polish off the rust. I am on a Debian box, so these are the steps I took to get XeLateX to work.

$ apt-get install texlive-full texlive-formats-extra
$ mkdir ~/.fonts && cd ~/.fonts
$ wget http://www.gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/tex-gyre/pagella/qpl1.103otf.zip
$ unzip qpl1.103otf.zip
$ rm qpl1*.zip

After about 20 minutes I had everything set up and was ready to follow the tutorial. My sample.tex file looks like this:

\setromanfont{TeX Gyre Pagella}
Testing XeLaTeX!

Greek: τεχ

Now to make sure everything works…

$ xelatex sample.tex
This is XeTeXk, Version 3.141592-2.2-0.996-patch1 (Web2C 7.5.6)
%&-line parsing enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2005/12/01>
Babel  and hyphenation patterns for english, usenglishmax, dumylang, no
yphenation, arabic, farsi, croatian, ukrainian, russian, bulgarian, czech, slo
ak, danish, dutch, finnish, basque, french, german, ngerman, ibycus, greek, mo
ogreek, ancientgreek, hungarian, italian, latin, mongolian, norsk, icelandic,
nterlingua, turkish, coptic, romanian, welsh, serbian, slovenian, estonian, es
eranto, uppersorbian, indonesian, polish, portuguese, spanish, catalan, galici
n, swedish, ukenglish, loaded.
Document Class: article 2005/09/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class
fontspec.cfg loaded.
(/usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/xelatex/fontspec/fontspec.cfg)) (./sample.aux)
[1] (./sample.aux) )
Output written on sample.pdf (1 page).
Transcript written on sample.log.

Success! Next time I’ll create something a little more substantive.