[Pkg-fonts-devel] issue with pango 1.20, ttf-sil-charis, ttf-sil-abyssinica, pango-graphite

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Apr 14 08:51:08 UTC 2008

> Hi all,
> When pango was upgraded to 1.20.0 in sid I experienced several text
> rendering issues; some digits/letters looking different to others, huge
> spacing between lines in evolution and liferea, totally messed up
> rendering in xchat and others. Installing pango 1.18.4 fixed the issue.
> After a while packages started depending on >= 1.20.0 so I purged lots
> of fonts which got rid of this issue. I finally had time to track down
> which fonts caused it. I tracked this down by purging all fonts from my
> system one at a time. When I removed both ttf-sil-abyssinica
> and ttf-sil-charis the issues disappeared. When I installed either one
> on its own, the issues returned but in slightly different form. It
> appears that ttf-sil-charis overrides ttf-sil-abyssinica which
> overrides dejavu. Here are some screenshots of the issues with xchat,
> pango 1.20.1 and with & without the problematic fonts:
> http://people.debian.org/~pabs/tmp/with-ttf-sil-charis.png
> http://people.debian.org/~pabs/tmp/with-ttf-sil-abyssinica.png
> http://people.debian.org/~pabs/tmp/without-problematic-ttf-sil-packages.png
> I have the latest versions of  libgraphite3 and pango-graphite from sid.
> When I purge pango-graphite the font issues are no longer there.
> So, I imagine that the problem is that pango-graphite is incompatible
> with pango 1.20. Does anyone else think that this is the correct
> analysis? Is there a new upstream of pango-graphite that works with
> pango 1.20 or is one planned? Perhaps the pango modver should have been
> bumped? Any other thoughts? I didn't file any bugs yet because I wasn't
> sure which package(s) are at fault.

Hi Paul,

Thanks for reporting the issue, it's probably a pango-related problem.
Could you please try with the pango-graphite-dbg package?


Nicolas Spalinger

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