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Old 01-26-2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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Firefox 1.5 and menu fonts problem..unable to fix


SUSE 10, KDE 3.5

Firtsly, I had Firefox 1.0.7 on this original SUSE 10 and the firfox>edit>pref>general>fonts>resolution was set to 96dpi, and all menue fonts looked nice and small (proportional).

I just did a update of my apps using YaST, and got firfox 1.5 installed. Now the menu fonts are large and ugly and when I try to do the same under pref>content>fonts>res>96dpi nothing happens.

Note: within the browser window, the fonts comply with the given settings.

I read some where and here as well, that some apps use gtk2 fonts and these need to ne set using the gtk2_pref with admin rights; so I did that, and it works for all gtk2 apps but not for this version of firefox 1.5.

So, I tried something and downgraded to 1.0.7, and lo-&-behold, firfox menus were 'normal' under 96dpi settings.

under GNOME control center I have set fonts dpi as 96dpi if that helps???? System fonts are set to Arial 7 (all of them in KDE) if that also helps??

Please help me rest my firefox fonts to something more appealing
 
Old 01-26-2006, 11:14 AM   #2
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Try updating firefox with the ones found here:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/mozi...1.5/10.0-i386/

When I had SuSE 9.x I had similar problems. Let me know if this doesn't work.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 11:36 AM   #3
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I think you were on the right track with setting the display dpi. I wanted to do the exact opposite of your goal; I wanted to make the tool bar characters larger. I went into the fonts -> advanced -> dpi -> custom. Firefox put a small window on my screen with a line in it. There was also a box to put in the actual length of the line. The line is about three inches long. You are expected to measure the line with a ruler and enter the actual length of the line into a box. The thing is that if you want to make your menu fonts bigger you could put a smaller measurement into the box. If you want to make your menu fonts smaller you can put a larger number into the box.

That's how I finally got my menu bar characters to change.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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stress.

I have tried that. I have dell 700m 12.1" widescreen and that line measures 6.1 cm (I am a metric person..<smile>). which translates to 125dpi. But guess what, it does not work. 96dpi is about 8cm. and 72dpi is about 10.7cm. Tried all these permutations, but unfourtunately, this things is probably hard coded somewhere, that I can get any success.

Currently, dl from the ftp site above (man is it slow..I am on a T1 connection) and it is dl at 1.7KB/sec. But I have the patients, I am at 38%..wait..39%. will see what happens. Will keep u posted.

Thanks for the tips,
SL
 
Old 01-26-2006, 12:44 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linuxbotx
Try updating firefox with the ones found here:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/mozi...1.5/10.0-i386/

When I had SuSE 9.x I had similar problems. Let me know if this doesn't work.
I managed to finally dl the package. I now right click it and choose to install it using YaST; it goes to yast (I provide root password) but nothing happens. I thought it is just yast, but other rpm packages install just fine using this method.

Is there another way to get this going...
 
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You can always use
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rpm -Uvh package-name.rpm
to install rpms.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 01:07 PM   #7
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Quote:
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You can always use
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rpm -Uvh package-name.rpm
to install rpms.

I get this error:

error: MozillaFirefox-1.5-0.1.i586.rpm: V3 DSA signature: BAD, key ID 71423d59
error: MozillaFirefox-1.5-0.1.i586.rpm cannot be installed

I guess the dl was corrupt?? It seemed dubious when i was dl (freaking slow).

Is there a mirror in the US?

thanks again.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 01:48 PM   #8
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Here is strange behaviour of FF; when I startup ff by clicking desktop icon or kicker icon, it laod with the large menu fonts.

But when I click on a html link in thunderbird 1.5 email, it open ff with the properly sized fonts (BTW I did not succed installing the rpm, still using the old ff 1.5)..

How do you explain this?
 
Old 01-26-2006, 03:01 PM   #9
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The desktop icons have a properties menu that you can see and modify. Right click on the icon and go to the properties. A window will appear. Click on the Application tab. You will be able to see if the icon passes parameters to the application or not.

I don't know how to compare that with the good behavior from clicking on a link in Thunderbird.

If the desktop icon passes parameters to FF then you could try removing those parameters. It's also possible that the desktop icon starts the firefox shell script while the html link calls the firefox-bin binary. Or vice versa.

Last edited by stress_junkie; 01-26-2006 at 03:05 PM.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 03:08 PM   #10
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so where is firefox located again??? (this is what appears in the properties>appls> firefox %u

if that helps.
Thanx
 
Old 01-26-2006, 03:13 PM   #11
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You can find which application file is excuting by entering the following on a command line.

$ which firefox

This will look at your PATH and see where the file name is matched first. I'd give you a demonstration but I don't have a file or link named firefox in my PATH. My icons point directly to /opt/firefox/firefox. Since your icon properties don't have a full path to the file then the system uses your PATH variable to find firefox.

My icon also has the %u passed to firefox and it points to the firefox script, not the binary so my icon uses the following line to invoke firefox.

/opt/firefox/firefox %u

Last edited by stress_junkie; 01-26-2006 at 03:16 PM.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 04:04 PM   #12
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/usr/bin/firefox

But when I change the file path under prop>apps firefox still has the same font problems; I tried your path, KDE does not find it (error).

Very fascinating..and now getting frustratin...
Still open to suggestions (alternatively I go back to 1.0.7, or rely on Tb to help fire firefox..)
 
  


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