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Ugly fonts, especially Luxi Sans (on Gentoo)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Ugly fonts, especially Luxi Sans (on Gentoo) Reply with quote

I have been using Openoffice for quite a long time. In a recent upgrade of my system the fonts in Openoffice has become ugly. Many fonts are jagged and an even non-uniform in black. Times New Roman in nearly OK but many other font are far from pleasant to look at. Especially Luxi Sans is bad. And this is very strange because this is the font that previoulsy showed best in my OpenOffice environment.

Has anyone else experienced this? I use Gentoo Linux. These are the fonts I have in my xorg.config

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 FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/OTF/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/corefonts/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/freefonts/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/CID/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/local/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/dejavu/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/arphicfonts/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk-fonts/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/cronyx/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/default/"
    Fontpath   "/usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/encodings/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/intlfonts/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/kochi-substitute/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/terminus/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/ukr/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/util/"

Openoffice picks these fonts up. I can see that, becasue if I remove or add fonts to my system, the fonts drop down menu reflects these changes.

The problem is isolated to OpenOffice since in all other applications, the fonts show very nicely.

As mentioned, fonts showed better previoulsy. What has happened?

Does anyone recognize this problem and how to solve it?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very long shot: Reset your user profile. That often solves a lot of problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I followed this advice: http://www.kev009.com/wp/2009/12/getting-beautiful-fonts-in-gentoo-linux/

I discovered I had not set the follwing USE flags type1 cleartype corefonts and I did so by:

# euse --enable type1 cleartype corefonts

When I came to the step of rebuilding packages with emerge -uDNa world, my system indicated that x11-libs/cairo needed to be re-built. After doing this the fonts in Openoffice improved radically, especially the Luxi Sans that I have had problems with.
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