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Greek fonts won't work with Babel -Miktex2.8-Windows XP!

Postby bit » Sun May 02, 2010 1:43 am

Hello to everybody!

I am using latex for 1 year now typesetting english documents with latex in linux (texlive).

However, since my girlfriend started typesetting her thesis in Greek, many problems arose regarding using Greek fonts. (She uses Miktex2.8, TexMakerX, Windows XP)

Everything is o.k with the default Computer Modern font in Greek language, but when we try to load a different font from http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/mathfonts.html, nothing is working.

None of the fonts -except kerkis- is working with Greek text! Neither GFSDIdot, or Artemisia, or Palatino, or Kurier!. When she compiles (latex) with either of those fonts, TexmakerX gives either: a) the message "Process ended normally" but latex still keeps loading the computer modern font in the end, or b) other Errors which I do not understand, for example "Corrupted NFSS tables" as you can see in some of the following lines of the log file:

  1. LaTeX Font Info: Try loading font information for LGR+kurier on input line 2
  2. .
  3. LaTeX Font Info: No file LGRkurier.fd. on input line 2.
  4. LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `LGR/kurier/m/n' undefined
  5. (Font) using `LGR/cmr/m/n' instead on input line 2.
  6. LaTeX Font Info: Try loading font information for LGR+cmr on input line 2.
  7. ("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.8\tex\generic\babel\lgrcmr.fd"
  8. File: lgrcmr.fd 2008/06/17 v2.3 Greek Computer Modern
  9. )
  10. LaTeX Font Info: Try loading font information for OT1+kurier on input line 6
  11. .
  12. ("C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.8\tex\latex\kurier\ot1kurier.fd"
  13. File: ot1kurier.fd 2005/10/03 v1.2 font definition file for OT1/kurier (MW)
  14. )
  15. ! Corrupted NFSS tables.
  16. wrong@fontshape ...message {Corrupted NFSS tables}
  17. error@fontshape else let f...
  18. l.6 \select@language{greek}
  19. This error message was generated by an \errmessage
  20. command, so I can't give any explicit help.
  21. Pretend that you're Hercule Poirot: Examine all clues,
  22. and deduce the truth by order and method.
  23. LaTeX Font Warning: Font shape `LGR/kurier/m/n' undefined
  24. (Font) using `LGR/cmr/m/n' instead on input line 6.
  25. ..
  26. LaTeX Font Warning: Some font shapes were not available, defaults substituted.


Ans here is a sample source file produced this output:

  1. \documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{report}
  2. \usepackage[english, greek]{babel} %This one if you want Greek by default
  3. \usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
  4.  
  5. \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
  6. \usepackage[math]{kurier}
  7.  
  8. %----------------------------------------------------
  9. % Greek Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. \newcommand {\gt}{\greektext} %Set the language from now on
  11. \newcommand {\lt}{\latintext}
  12. \newcommand {\tg}{\textgreek} %Next argument will be the language you set.
  13. \newcommand {\tl}{\textlatin}
  14. %----------------------------------------------------
  15.  
  16. \begin{document}
  17.  
  18. \gt Αυτό είναι κείμενο στα Ελληνικά. \\
  19. \lt This is a text in English
  20.  
  21. \end{document}


Any ideas of what might be wrong? What should I do in order to make greek fonts work? Should I enable or install something manually?

Thanks in advance,

Alex.

PS:
1. She does not want to use Xetex because she needs to work with a specific package (chemscheme), which does not work with Xetex.
2. Compared to my linux-Texlive (kile) engine, her whole latex system-engine is very unstable and heavy. Very often problems arise regarding various issues.
Would you suggest that maybe the cause of these font problems is an incomplete-problematic latex installation?
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Postby frabjous » Sun May 02, 2010 3:14 am

Please follow board rules and post a proper, compiliable minimal working example, one that does not call other files we do not have access to, or includes dozens of lines that are not relevant to the problem.

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Postby bit » Tue May 04, 2010 4:41 pm

Sorry for the inconvenience, I 've edited my first message, hope this is better now.

Alex

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Postby localghost » Tue May 04, 2010 6:14 pm

The problem can be reduced to the kurier font package. I suggest to contact the maintainer and submit exactly the sample file you introduced here. If you feed a search engine with the exact error message, you will get interesting results. There have been identical issues with other font packages in the past.


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Postby bit » Wed May 05, 2010 12:31 am

localghost wrote:The problem can be reduced to the kurier font package. I suggest to contact the maintainer


Hi Thorsten,

you mean to contact the maintainer of the kerkis package, if I get you right? Wow, to be honest, I didn't expect that the problem would be the fonts packages!

Thanks a lot, I will come back for feedback when I have any news.

Best Regards,
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Postby localghost » Thu May 06, 2010 10:05 pm

bit wrote:[...] you mean to contact the maintainer of the kerkis package, if I get you right? [...]

I don't see where the talk was of kerkis.
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Postby bit » Fri May 07, 2010 2:48 am

I am sorry, I wanted to write "kurier". It was due to momentum. :).

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