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Old 08-07-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Question VLC won't display subtitles


As the subject says, I can't get vlc to display subtitles. Running it from the command line yields this error when the subtitles are supposed to start: "freetype private error: failed to load font file /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSerifBold.ttf"
I don't know if this is a freetype problem, or a vlc problem. I have the freefonts package installed, however, it doesn't install the fonts under /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont, but rather under /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype. So, it's looking for FreeSerifBold.ttf in the wrong place.
I thought maybe if I compile vlc myslef that would fix the problem, but it had the same error.
I also tried symlinking to the fonts in the location where it was looking, and copying them over, but that just caused vlc to segfault with no reported error when it tried to display subtitles.
I also tried changing the freefont package so that installs the fonts to where it's expecting them, but vlc segfaulted then, too.
Does anyone have any ideas how to fix it? I tried looking through the config options for vlc to see if there was any way to specify where to look for the fonts, but I couldn't find anything. Maybe it is a problem with freetype. If so, how do I fix that?
 
Old 08-07-2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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Maybe you should try rerunning the X font cache program. I am not sure what distro you use but there should be something about it in your distros docs.
 
Old 08-07-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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Maybe you should try rerunning the X font cache program.
I'm pretty sure that's run by SUSE's font config program, which was run when I tried to reinstall freefont.
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I am not sure what distro you use . . .
Whoops, I forgot to say. I'm running SUSE 10.1
 
Old 08-10-2006, 03:53 PM   #4
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Any more ideas from anyone?
 
  


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