I have Lubuntu 19.04 and I want it to be able to see TTF and OTF fonts installed via TeXLive.

Note that I did not install TeXLive via the package manager (for some reason it was giving me an outdated TeX distribution), but I did it through the install-tl script that is recommended in the tug.org website. As a result, LaTeX fonts are not installed in the default directories but rather in their own texlive directories, so Ubuntu does not see them by the default.

I know TeX fonts are available via the package manager, but add rather not double install them since they're already there ( and to avoid any possible conflicts).

So, is it possible to make my OS see the available TeXlive fonts?


  • In which directory exactly do those fonts reside? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Sep 16 at 4:29
  • They're spread over multiple directories in the TeXLive install directory, which is /usr/local/texlive/2019/.... – johnymm Sep 16 at 6:07

I think you need to let fontconfig know about those directories via a configuration file.

My understanding is that you should have a file named texlive-fontconfig.conf somewhere in the directory tree. Otherwise it's here.

Create the file


and give it the contents of texlive-fontconfig.conf.

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