Luaotfload configuration file
The file luaotfload.conf contains configuration options for Luaotfload, a font loading and font management component for LuaTeX.
A small Luaotfload configuration file with few customizations could look as follows:
[db] formats = afm, pfa, pfb compress = false [misc] termwidth = 60 [run] log-level = 6
This will make Luaotfload ignore all font files except for PostScript formats. NB: With a default Tex Live install the PS fonts will take much longer to index than OpenType or TrueType ones. Also, an uncompressed index file will be dumped which is going to be much larger due to the huge amount of PostScript fonts indexed. The terminal width is truncated to 60 characters which influences the verbose output during indexing. Finally, the verbosity is increased greatly: each font file being processed will be printed to the stdout on a separate line, along with lots of other information.
To observe the difference in behavior, save above snippet to ./luaotfload.conf and update the font index:
luaotfload --update --force
The configuration file syntax follows the common INI format. For a more detailed description please refer to the section “CONFIGURATION FILE” of git-config(1). A brief list of rules is given below:
Blank lines and lines starting with a semicolon (;) are ignored.
A configuration file is partitioned into sections that are declared by specifying the section title in brackets on a separate line:
[some-section] ... section content ...
Sections consist of one or more variable assignments of the form variable-name = value E. g.:
[foo] bar = baz quux = xyzzy ...
Section and variable names may contain only uppercase and lowercase letters as well as dashes (-).
Variables in belong into a configuration section and their values must be of a certain type. Some of them have further constraints. For example, the “color callback” must be a string of one of the values pre_linebreak_filter or pre_output_filter, defined in the section run.
Currently, the configuration is organized into four sections:
Options relating to the font index.
Options without a clearly defined category.
Path and file name settings.
Options controlling runtime behavior of Luaotfload.
The list of valid variables, the sections they are part of and their type is given below. Types represent Lua types that the values must be convertible to; they are abbreviated as follows: s for the string type, n for number, b for boolean. A value of nil means the variable is unset.
The flag compress determines whether the font index (usually luaotfload-names.lua[.gz] will be stored in compressed forms. If unset it is equivalent of passing --no-compress to luaotfload-tool. Since the file is only created for convenience and has no effect on the runtime behavior of Luaotfload, the flag should remain set. Most editors come with zlib support anyways.
The list of formats must be a comma separated sequence of strings containing one or more of these elements:
otf (OpenType format),
ttf and ttc (TrueType format),
dfont (Macintosh TrueType format),
afm (Adobe Font Metrics),
pfb and pfa (PostScript format).
It corresponds loosely to the --formats option to luaotfload-tool. Invalid or duplicate members are ignored; if the list does not contain any useful identifiers, the default list "otf,ttf,ttc,dfont" will be used.
The variable max-fonts determines after processing how many font files the font scanner will terminate the search. This is useful for debugging issues with the font index and has the same effect as the option --max-fonts to luaotfload-tools.
The scan-local flag, if set, will incorporate the current working directory as a font search location. NB: This will potentially slow down document processing because a font index with local fonts will not be saved to disk, so these fonts will have to be re-indexed whenever the document is built.
The skip-read flag is only useful for debugging: It makes Luaotfload skip reading fonts. The font information for rebuilding the index is taken from the presently existing one.
Unsetting the strip flag prevents Luaotfload from removing data from the index that is only useful when processing font files. NB: this can increase the size of the index files significantly and has no effect on the runtime behavior.
If update-live is set, Luaotfload will reload the database if it cannot find a requested font. Those who prefer to update manually using luaotfload-tool should unset this flag.
By default Luaotfload enables node mode and picks the default font features that are prescribed in the OpenType standard. This behavior may be overridden in the default-features section. Global defaults that will be applied for all scripts can be set via the global option, others by the script they are to be applied to. For example, a setting of
[default-features] global = mode=base,color=0000FF dflt = smcp,onum
would force base mode, tint all fonts blue and activate small capitals and text figures globally. Features are specified as a comma separated list of variables or variable-value pairs. Variables without an explicit value are set to true.
With statistics enabled, extra statistics will be collected during index creation and appended to the index file. It may then be queried at the Lua end or inspected by reading the file itself.
The value of termwidth, if set, overrides the value retrieved by querying the properties of the terminal in which Luatex runs. This is useful if the engine runs with shell_escape disabled and the actual terminal dimensions cannot be retrieved.
The value of version is derived from the version string hard-coded in the Luaotfload source. Override at your own risk.
The paths cache-dir and names-dir determine the subdirectory inside the Luaotfload subtree of the luatex-cache directory where the font cache and the font index will be stored, respectively.
Inside the index directory, the names of the index file and the font lookup cache will be derived from the respective values of index-file and lookups-file. This is the filename base for the bytecode compiled version as well as -- for the index -- the gzipped version.
The color-callback option determines the stage at which fonts that defined with a color=xxyyzz feature will be colorized. By default this happens in a pre_linebreak_filter but alternatively the pre_output_filter may be chosen, which is faster but might produce inconsistent output. The latter also was the default in the 1.x series of Luaotfload.
The definer allows for switching the define_font callback. Apart from the default patch one may also choose the generic one that comes with the vanilla fontloader. Beware that this might break tools like Fontspect that rely on the patch_font callback provided by Luaotfload to perform important corrections on font data.
The value of log-level sets the default verbosity of messages printed by Luaotfload. Only messages defined with a verbosity of less than or equal to the supplied value will be output on the terminal. At a log level of five Luaotfload can be very noisy. Also, printing too many messages will slow down the interpreter due to line buffering being disabled (see setbuf(3)).
The resolver setting allows choosing the font name resolution function: With the default value cached Luaotfload saves the result of a successful font name request to a cache file to speed up subsequent lookups. The alternative, normal circumvents the cache and resolves every request individually. (Since to the restructuring of the font name index in Luaotfload 2.4 the performance difference between the cached and uncached lookups should be marginal.)
Luaotfload only processes the first configuration file it encounters at one of the search locations. The file name may be either luaotfload.conf or luaotfloadrc, except for the dotfile in the user’s home directory which is expected at ~/.luaotfloadrc.
Configuration files are located following a series of steps. The search terminates as soon as a suitable file is encountered. The sequence of locations that Luaotfload looks at is
The current working directory of the LuaTeX process.
The subdirectory luaotfload/ inside the XDG configuration tree, e. g. /home/oenothea/config/luaotfload/.
The TEXMF (using kpathsea).
texdoc luaotfload to display the PDF manual for the Luaotfload package
Luaotfload development https://github.com/lualatex/luaotfload
LuaLaTeX mailing list http://tug.org/pipermail/lualatex-dev/
Luaotfload on CTAN http://ctan.org/pkg/luaotfload
The XDG base specification http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html.
Luaotfload is maintained by the LuaLaTeX dev team (https://github.com/lualatex/).
This manual page was written by Philipp Gesang <[email protected]>.