[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#510989: upgrading ttf fonts make text in some programs unreadable

Євгеній Євгеній
Tue Jan 6 14:07:11 UTC 2009

Package: ttf-dejavu
Version: 2.28-1
Severity: normal

After upgrading ttf-dejavu cyrillic text in iceweasel bacame unreadable (letters are still
Cyrillic, and readable, but words look like made with random password generator), that
was fixed after restarting iceweasel.

It can be bacause:
  1. Font was open by Iceweasel and during upgrade it was overwritten in-place
     (instead of creating temporary file and then moving it, iceweasel could use
     deleted file with old contents)
  2. Information about glyph offsets/numbers is cached somewhere (Iceweasel, freetype...),
     and is not updated after font upgrade. And then new file was opened and cached
     information was used to get glyphs from it.
  3. Fontconfig caches were overwritten in-place during upgrade.
  4. Iceweasel keeps font files open, but reads fontconfig caches time-to-time.

lsof shows that iceweasel keeps ttf files open, and I think dpkg does not overwrite files
in-place, so this is probably case 3. But I dont have time now to ivestigate further.

This bug probably not specific to ttf-dejavu/iceweasel/Cyrillic glyphs, and probably
can be reproduced with fonts that change significantly during upgrade. 

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.28 (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=uk_UA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=uk_UA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages ttf-dejavu depends on:
ii  ttf-dejavu-core               2.28-1     Vera font family derivate with add
ii  ttf-dejavu-extra              2.28-1     Vera font family derivate with add

ttf-dejavu recommends no packages.

ttf-dejavu suggests no packages.

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