When I open the hotkeys page via menu in awesome (on my Arch Linux system), the descriptions of the hotkeys appear as symbols

Screenshot of hotkey window in Awesome WM

which makes me think there is something wrong with the fonts on my system. Also when I open GVim (but not when I open vim in the shell) I have to change the font from Monospace to something different to not only see symbols.

What I tried to do:

  • googled for it ("awesome font" -_- )
  • searched through various documentation for "font"
  • searched "font" in the ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua (nothing special found)
  • looked at my ~/Xresources file (own configuration but nothing with fonts)
  • checked /etc/fonts/fonts.conf (seems standard, then searched for the file local.conf which I don't seem to have at all)

I'm running out of ideas and would really appriciate any help here!

  • Don't know how it's supposed to look like, but it's possible it was designed to work with powerline fonts. Suggest you to install one and try. Apr 27 '17 at 19:59
  • Maybe late answer. Can help others.. But what will help is to check if you have fonts installed. (fc-list ). I could see only squares when installed awesome. Did not have any fonts. So installed all possible fonts (check with : pacman -Ss font ) I thought I will use them later anyway.
    – molni
    Mar 2 '18 at 8:57

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