uname -a
Linux yyy 4.9.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.51-1 (2017-09-28) x86_64 GNU/Linux

List all the Chinese fonts in my os.

fc-list |grep  "宋"
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/arphic-gbsn00lp/gbsn00lp.ttf: AR PL SungtiL GB,文鼎PL简报宋:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/arphic-bsmi00lp/bsmi00lp.ttf: AR PL Mingti2L Big5,文鼎PL細上海宋:style=Regular
fc-list |grep  "SimSun"
#Nothing as output of  command: fc-list |grep  "SimSun"

Now open a file with libreoffice in my os.

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Why 'SimSun' appeared in libreoffice font menu ,but no such font in os?

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fc-list |grep -i "SimSun"
#Nothing as output for the above command too
  • The file name in not SimSun, but simsun : Please use "grep -i" → $ fc-list | grep -i SimSun → (my example) /usr/share/fonts/TTF/simsun.ttc: NSimSun,新宋体:style=Regular ... /usr/share/fonts/TTF/simsun.ttc: SimSun,宋体:style=Regular – Knud Larsen Mar 27 '18 at 17:52
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    If you place the mouse pointer over the font name, Libreoffice displays the tooltip. What is the tooltip message in your environment? In my environment the message is "Font Name. The current font is not available and will be replaced." – mjy Apr 1 '18 at 17:29

openoffice can detect file's font-family,if the font is not contained in os.
Font Name. The current font is not available and will be substituted with other font contained in os.

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In my case the character displayed is not simsun.

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