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Old 04-21-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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2007-04-19 - [slackware-security] freetype (SSA:2007-109-01)


Well I subscribe to the Slackware mailing lists, and always get the security updates, and always used upgradepkg, without any problems, until now. The package that I had upgraded was 2007-04-19 - [slackware-security] freetype (SSA:2007-109-01) which had 5 packages under 10.2 , however now I noticed my fonts are a little bit funky. When I read my emails, the letters are spaced out further than they should be, and the texts on websites that I am viewing just seems a bit larger than usual. I reran fontconfig, but that did nothing, any ideas?
 
Old 04-22-2007, 05:59 AM   #2
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can you post a screenshot for us, fonts can be fixed pretty easily but it may require some recompiling, lets just start with your screenshot if you can get one
 
Old 04-29-2007, 06:04 PM   #3
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same here since upgrading fontconfig and freetype the fonts just don't look right, but when you go back to the old packages they look ok.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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Interesting.. FWIW, I did the same upgrade(s) 1 or 2 days ago, and haven't noticed anything weird.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 06:16 PM   #5
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It could be down to slackware 10.2 as this issue is also on a slackware 10.2 machine.

So it could be there is another package, which also needs to be upgraded that we do not know.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 06:35 PM   #6
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I experienced the same font weirdness after the update. Luckily (?) I experienced a hard drive failure soon after, and had to install Slack 11 from scratch on a new HD.

Updating the DVD ISO install with the 2.6.17.13 kernel and the very same security patches downloaded from the Utah mirror used to perform the original installation, lead to problem free fonts on the new install.

Go figure...
 
Old 04-29-2007, 08:30 PM   #7
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I experienced some font flakiness after updating both 11.0 and -current. My symptoms were somewhat different, but the solution for 11.0 as well as current was to uninstall the fontconfig package and then reinstall it.

The issue was described in the 11.0 changelogs:

Code:
+--------------------------+
 Fri Apr 20 13:47:39 CDT 2007
 patches/packages/x11-6.9.0-i486-14_slack11.0.tgz:
        Removed old versions of fc-cache and fc-list.
        Somehow a couple of old fontconfig binaries snuck into this package, and
        prevent fc-cache from working properly at boot (or any other time).
        If you've already installed these upgrades, reinstalling the fontconfig
        package will fix the issue. If you do that, there's no need to reinstall
        this new x11 package -- it's been fixed so that there's no longer a problem
        with the package install order (and because those fc-* binaries didn't
        belong there). Sorry for any inconvenience...
        Thanks to Petri Kaukasoina for pointing this out.
        (* Fix *)
 +--------------------------+
Current isn't mentioned here, but my problems there were fixed by the same process. Even if this does nothing for you, it's simple enough to try and won't break anything in the process.

HTH
 
Old 04-30-2007, 09:00 AM   #8
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Quote:
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The issue was described in the 11.0 changelogs:
HTH
Thanks Franklin - changelogs are really rather useful...

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:33 PM   #9
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tried as in post #7, the fonts seems to be slightly better than before but they aren't as clear as with freetype-2.1.9-i486-1 and fontconfig-2.2.3-i486-2.
 
Old 04-30-2007, 11:11 PM   #10
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Well I couldn't get an actual screenshot, but all I know is the text in the browser is a little bigger than usual, and when I reduce the size it still doesn't look right, and it seems to be spaced a little differently. I haven't even upgraded slack11 with the new freetype fonts, so this problem is on 10.2 as far as I know.
 
Old 05-01-2007, 05:31 PM   #11
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It also does it under 11. I rolled back to the versions that were in the release and it fixed it.
 
Old 05-01-2007, 05:39 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Daedra
can you post a screenshot for us, fonts can be fixed pretty easily but it may require some recompiling, lets just start with your screenshot if you can get one
I took some screenshots.

Before
After

Notice how the text is larger than normal. It affects any application that uses Freetype.

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Old 05-01-2007, 06:42 PM   #13
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yeah mine are exactly the same with the new packages...

any ideas?
 
Old 05-01-2007, 07:25 PM   #14
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Perhaps someone needs to let Pat know about this, and since Wynd has available screenshots, I nominate you.

[edit]

Well I can do that myself actually, but those screenshots are exactly right. The after effect is what I see as well, under 10.2, so I am going to hold off on upgrading xfreetype in 11.0 as well.

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Old 05-01-2007, 08:12 PM   #15
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Well, let us know what he says
 
  


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