[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#974150: Bug#974150: Noto Mono looks completely different after upgrade
jonas at jones.dk
Tue Nov 10 18:46:55 GMT 2020
Quoting Steinar H. Gunderson (2020-11-10 18:42:02)
> Package: fonts-noto-mono
> Version: 20201027-3
> Severity: grave
Why the severity?
Visual changes does not seem reason release-critical to me.
"completely broken" need more than a vague suspicion, IMHO.
> For unknown reasons, Noto Mono looks completely different after I
> upgraded my unstable machines recently, to the point that it's not the
> same font anymore (for one, it has serifs). This affects multiple
> machines, both rxvt-unicode and gnome-terminal, both X11 and Wayland,
> and goes away if I downgrade. Compare the stable and unstable fonts
> below (the version of fonts-noto-mono installed when urxvt started is
> the sole difference between the two windows):
> The upper (stable) also matches what the font looks like if I look at
> https://www.google.com/get/noto/#mono-mono. You can see some fragments
> of it in the screenshot; look at e.g. the lowercase g.
Google dropped Noto Mono a few years ago. We kept it alive, until
recently when Google re-introduced Noto Mono.
The main goal of Noto fonts is large coverage, and second to that is
coherent style across scripts. I am not surprised that the
re-introduced Noto Mono has changed visual style. I would consider it a
feature, not a bug.
Google does not maintain a changelog nor do they make proper releases,
so we are left to guessing about their intents with these fonts.
> gnome-terminal doesn't even list Noto Mono in its list of available
> fonts, so I'm wondering if it does some sort of fallback and that the
> font just is completely broken somehow.
If Noto Mono fails to work at all, then that is indeed a severe bug -
but I would consider that a _different_ bug than "looks completely
different" as you've framed the subject of this bugreport.
I don't mind treating this bugreport _only_ being about this more severe
issue, if you prefer - but if you weant to discuss both the visual style
and the disappearance from some apps, then please file either as a
I am not familiar with gnome-terminal, I only use urxvt myself.
urxvt can be told to use one specific font, but that only really works
for X11 bitmap fonts - for tryetype fonts it can only beg fontconfig to
prefer one, like this:
rxvt-unicode -fn 'xft:Noto Mono'
This shows which actual fonts are most likely used:
fc-match -s 'Noto Mono' | head -n 5
Thanks for reporting this,
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