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Old 10-29-2006, 03:26 PM   #1
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Helixplayer installation has screwed up fonts


I installed the Helix media player (helix-player) thru Synaptic. For some reason the installation "upgraded" a load of packages relating to the graphics subsystem and fonts.

As a result, X broke and I was forced to tweak /etc/X11/xorg.conf to get it working again. And now the fonts in Firefox and Konqueror (Gecko, right?) are small and blocky and the rendering is unbearably slow.

I have no idea where to start here, other than reinstalling, which seems drastic.

Anyone have any pointers?
 
Old 10-29-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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Not sure if this will help, it did when I had font problems:

try: rm -rf /etc/fonts ; apt-get install --reinstall --yes -o DPkg::Options::=--force-confmiss -o DPkg::Options::=--force-confnew fontconfig fontconfig-config

You can also try dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
 
Old 10-29-2006, 06:04 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the ideas. No luck so far, though.

Plan A:

Code:
rollo@KanotixBox:/etc$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall --yes -o DPkg::Options::=--force-confmiss -o DPkg::Options::=--force-confnew fontconfig fontconfig-config
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 689 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/273kB of archives.
After unpacking 0B of additional disk space will be used.
WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
  fontconfig fontconfig-config
E: There are problems and -y was used without --force-yes
rollo@KanotixBox:/etc$
Plan B:

Code:
rollo@KanotixBox:/etc$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
debconf: unable to initialize frontend: Dialog
debconf: (Dialog frontend requires a screen at least 13 lines tall and 31 columns wide.)
debconf: falling back to frontend: Readline
Cleaning up font configuration of fontconfig...
Cleaning up category cid..
Cleaning up category truetype..
Cleaning up category type1..
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Updating font configuration of fontconfig...
Cleaning up category cid..
Cleaning up category truetype..
Cleaning up category type1..
Updating category type1..
Updating category truetype..
Updating category cid..
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file
Regenerating fonts cache... done.
rollo@KanotixBox:/etc$
Plan C, anyone?

Last edited by rollo; 10-29-2006 at 06:05 PM.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 06:10 PM   #4
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You are using Kanotix, have you tried fix-fonts as root?
 
Old 10-30-2006, 12:21 PM   #5
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Code:
rollo@KanotixBox:/etc/fonts$ fix-fonts
Password:
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/dustin
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/kochi
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/latex-xft-fonts
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/sjfonts
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/ttf/western
ttf processing... /usr/share/fonts/wine
pcf processing... /usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi
pcf processing... /usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi
pcf processing... /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc
pcf processing... /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi
pcf processing... /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi
pcf processing... /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc
/usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/encodings/large: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/X11/util: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/dustin: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/kochi: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/latex-xft-fonts: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/sjfonts: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/ttf: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/type1: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts: failed to write cache
/usr/share/fonts/wine: failed to write cache
/usr/local/share/fonts: failed to write cache
What could that mean?

Things are going from bad to worse here. This message is coming out in crazy graffiti font and the screen is all but unreadable...
 
  


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