[Fontconfig] My strange font problem

Ambrose Li acli at ada.dhs.org
Wed Apr 13 10:20:21 EST 2005


I suppose this problem only occurs for monospaced fonts like
Courier, is that right?  If it is, this would sound like the
same problem that's been affecting Chinese (and seems to have
become worse recently).

The reason why uninstalling the fonts didn't work is probably
because it's a fontconfig/freetype/pango problem, and it is
quite difficult to downgrade components in Debian (imho).

If this is the "global advance" problem described some time ago,
then I think it's time we ignore "global advance" for all fonts
for good, since this seems to be not just a CJK problem, but
a problem for an unknown number of fonts affecting an unknown
number of languages. And the list of the affected fonts seems to
include even Microsoft system fonts (Courier, MS Song, etc.)


On Tue, Apr 12, 2005 at 06:18:19PM +0000, John Smith wrote:

> Hello, I have a very strange font problem. I don't know if
> this is the right place to ask but I'm going nuts.
> I have a triple-booting Windows/Mandrake/Ubuntu laptop.  I
> do most of my work in Linux in Hebrew using emacs-bidi.
> Under Mandrake I installed my fonts from windows especially
> Courier-New because it one of the only good unicode fonts with
> full Hebrew support.
> I then installed them under Ubuntu and everything was fine
> untill I tried installing the msttcorefonts package around
> this time I also upgraded to X.org from XFree86-4 I don't know
> if this is related. Once installing this using Courier-New in
> emacs in Ubuntu looks really terrible.
> I didn't really understand what happened so I uninstalled the
> package and all rememnants of the font and then reinstalled,
> but to no avail.
> So when a new Ubuntu was released (last week), I formated the
> old Ubuntu partition and reinstalled and then installed the
> Courier-New font from my Windows partition.
> But alas the font still looks terrible in English and in
> Hebrew not only is it terrible there is a double spacing
> between Hebrew lines in that font.
> Please help me I'm desperate....
> Thanks In Advance,
> Mimsy

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