Bug#895614: the fontconfig error comes almost everywhere.

shirish शिरीष shirishag75 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 14:57:01 BST 2018

Reply in-line :-

On 01/09/2018, Peter Nowee <peter at peternowee.com> wrote:
> @Shirish:

@Peter Nowee,

> I'm not sure if you are seeing the same problem as the original poster
> of this bug report, but I had the same problem you describe: The error
> `Fontconfig error: failed reading config file` appearing exactly 5
> times. I could reproduce it by running `fc-cache`.
> Through the links below, I found it was caused by Debian bugs #854166
> and #866052, related to 5 packages: fonts-beng-extra, fonts-deva-extra,
> fonts-gujr-extra, fonts-guru-extra and fonts-orya-extra. (In my case,
> these fonts got installed as dependencies of tuxtype.)
> After manually reorganizing /etc/fonts/conf.avail/ to match the goal
> described in #866052, the error messages disappeared.

At my end it isn't the case as I do not get the older packages
left-over. This is/was a new install.

My /etc/fonts/conf.avail/ shows no font directories underneath.

Also doing

$ fc-cache and $ fc-cache --verbose doesn't show anything but I do see
that fontconfig issue flare up every now and then .

I did see https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/fontconfig/fontconfig/commits/master
and specifically


which ensures that in the future we at least will know from where the
issue is arising.  The latest release which upstream has released i.e.
2.13.1 should give us more info. provided somebody does an NMU upload
of the patch shared in #906380 and we should be ready for the new
release from upstream

Sources -


I am hopeful both of these get in before freeze is in place


> HTH,
> Peter
> Sources:
> -
> https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/454130/how-to-fix-fontconfig-error-failed-reading-config-file
> - https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=106497
> - https://bugs.debian.org/854166
> - https://bugs.debian.org/866052
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