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It does appear that FreeType is loading correctly, I have the following in xorg.conf
and see this in the xorg log:
(II) LoadModule: "freetype"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libfreetype.so
(II) Module freetype: vendor="X.Org Foundation & the After X-TT Project"
compiled for 6.8.2, module version = 2.1.0
Module class: X.Org Font Renderer
ABI class: X.Org Font Renderer, version 0.4
(II) Loading font FreeType
I wonder if it's loading the proper freetype module. The /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libfreetype.so file hasn't been modified recently. Shouldn't it be loading from /usr/lib?
All my libs in /usr/lib updated with the new compile however the one in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/ has not. I tried linking that one to the updated one in /usr/lib, of course that didn't work.
I followed the detailed HOWTO, and as some said above, everything *seems* to work
but there is no visble change. Fonts still look terrible with anti-aliasing off.
I also have tried to replace the freetype lib that X seems to load by default
with the newly compiled/installed, but this will produce an error message:
Duplicate symbol BitOrderInvert in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/fonts/libfreetype.a:wi
Also defined in (built-in)
Fatal server error:
Module load failure
But, if I do not replace the X standard libfreetype.a, will it have any effect
to install a new version of freetype? Don't understand in detail when which lib file is loaded
by what process (does X load another one then KDE?!)
I also tried to experiment with /etc/font/*, for example by adding
Sad...your screenshots are really looking great...But I'm near to give up.
Finding this thread already took me several days...
Maybe anybody has succeeded in getting this working with Debian/Sarge?
I don't know what I did wrong before, but now it is working!
Finally I fetched the latest version of freetype (2.1.9), compiled, installed,
and it works!
BUT only with the additional lines in /etc/fonts/local.conf, as mentioned above.
I tried it out, removing the lines->ugly fonts, adding the lines->nice.
Well, as I tried out so many things now It could be that I did sth. else to get it work,
but I can't remember.
Hopes this is useful for anybody.
Last edited by dirk.wessner; 04-27-2005 at 10:03 AM.
First to say thanks to Franklin for this amazing how-to...
I've been searching many times on the net to find something good about fonts and now my head does not heart after many hours on my slackware box
But i have some problems yet to solve...
I followed the howto.All went ok.
if i am logged in as root:
mozilla && firefox and all GTK,GTK+2 apps work great when i created .gtkrc and .gtkrc-2.0(changing font to Verdana 10) files in /root/ . This apps work great on KDE , WindowMaker and FluxBox ... i don't have GNOME
the problems starts when i log on as user:
I have created .gtkrc and .gtkrc-2.0 to my $HOME changing font to Verdana 10
contets of these 2 files in /root/ and $HOME are exactly the same. AA is turned off.
If i use KDE , GTK,GTK+2 applications look like the ones in the screenshots of Franklin (that means perfect !!) BUT if I use WindowMaker (my default) or FluxBox ONLY GTK,GTK+2 apps look like they are Anti-Aliased !!!!!!ALL else look great
GTK,GTK+2 apps look to respond to .gtkrc and .gtkrc-2.0 because i changed the font size and i saw the difference.Also i tried to change the font to other MS-Fonts or NON-MS but results are the same they look AA
I have edited /etc/fonts/local.conf with some things suggested in this topic but nothing changed.Fonts permissions are OK.
Damn this problems seems to be hard because i repeat : if i use KDE as user all look ok , but if i use WindowMaker or Fluxbox ONLY the GTK,GTK+2 fonts look like Anti-Aliased DESPITE the fact that Anti-Aliasing is turned off in both WindowMaker and FluxBox....
Any ideas ???
using slack10.1 and i recompiled the freetype2.1.9 library from Pat's sources(slackware's sources) where there is also a patch that prevents breakings of many things :P
i have also installed freetype 1.3.1 that i needed to compile some other stuff, i hope that there is impication between those 2 libraries
Last edited by small_boy22; 05-30-2005 at 12:01 PM.
Debian and Ubuntu "could" have a version of freetype with the bytecode interpreter enabled depending on where the mirror was that you installed from - i.e. non US mirror (this is what I remember reading regarding Debian at least - may not be true for Ubuntu - may not be true for Deb either )
In my experience, I have had better results for both distros by compiling freetype from source.
This implies that my installs did NOT have BCI enabled. I do not know for sure though.
I will also state that my monitor is a CRT - I do not like flat panels as a general rule.
LCD's are finicky and, from my limited experience with them, appear to look best at a particular resolution. You may need to play to get things to look nice to you.
Heck, you may like antialiased fonts better for the monitor you use. I can't help you with that.
In regard to the english - I am ashamed that I cannot speak any other language as well as you have just done with english.
In regard to linux - I don't think you ever stop being a newbie - certainly not me.
So glad that this thread exists and is still active! It helped me a lot - now hardly any eye strain when working with Linux :-)
However, I came across a strange phenomenon when following the above mentioned steps (recompilation of freetype, enabling bytecode interpreter): I tried the procedure using the Kanotix distribution (Debian-based, Knoppix-derivative) and resulted in having perfectly rendered (truetype) fonts when logged in as root - however, bytecode interpreter does not seem to be activated as normal user. How can I turn on the bytecode interpreter for a specific user? Generally, the compilation must have worked: as I said, everything OK as root...