22 Agustus 2021

So, what is LuaLaTeX anyway?

Have you ever tried to run LaTeX on an IBM PC/XT 5160?  I have! You can have lunch as well as taking a nap until the job is done. Have you ever tried to print a DVI file on an Epson Dot Matrix printer? I have! It will take about 5 minutes to print a "high res" A4 page! However, just because I have tried to use an IBM PC/XT 5160, it does not mean doing it daily. My first LaTeX related works were on an Encore Multimax 510 with multiprocessors. And, the printer was (AFAIK) a Xerox Star. I have been doing LaTeX for a long-long time. 

Because of the "ain't broke, don't fix it" principle, I have been doing it almost the same way for 35 years. Suddenly, I realized that I became a LaTeXsaurus. There exist more and more packages that do not work with the way I am using LaTeX. There has been existed for more than ten years, something called LuaLaTeX. Unfortunately, getting information about LaTeX is as shitty as it was 35 years ago! Less informed fellows have no clue on how to get information. Well-informed fellows are complaining about the lack of knowledge of the less informed one.

So, what is LuaLaTex, anyway?

According to Wikipeida, it is a TeX-based computer typesetting system which started as a version of pdfTeX with a Lua scripting engine embedded.

What (more) bloated things that I have to install?

Using a Debian 11 Server, you need these following packages:


MWE (Minimal Working Example), please



This is HOW Me Do IT! Grrr... this blog memo is mainly written for OWN PURPOSES. This post is based on "Google There, Google Here, Try That, Try This, Then Ask". Whether this is PLAGIARY or RESEARCH, there has never been a claim that this is an original work, nor is it necessarily the best solution, and not for Scopus consumption :). Please provide feedback, especially if you have alternative explanations. Hopefully, this note will be helpful in the future when you have forgotten how to solve this trivia problem.


INIlah yang KUlakukan! Grrr... memo blog ini terutama ditulis untuk KEPERLUAN SENDIRI. Tulisan ini berbasis "Google Sana, Google Sini, Coba Itu, Coba Ini, Lalu Tanya-tanyi". Entah ini PLAGIAT, entah ini RISET, yang jelas tidak pernah ada klaim bahwa ini merupakan karya asli, serta belum tentu pula merupakan solusi terbaik, serta bukan untuk konsumsi Scopus :). Mohon kiranya memberikan tanggapan, terutama jika memiliki solusi alternatif. Semoga catatan ini akan bermanfaat di masa mendatang, saat sudah lupa cara menyelesaikan masalah trivia ini.


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