I am connecting to via SSH and activated x-forwarding

[user@client]# ssh -X [email protected]

And open a graphical program (like gedit)

[user@server]# gedit

It opens, however, characters are not displayed properly:

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Client (my machine): Ubuntu 18 / Remote Server: Centos 7

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    Different fonts, different font encodings, Gnome getting confused between local and remote fonts? Does xfontsel work and display fonts properly?
    – dirkt
    Jul 27, 2018 at 17:06
  • @dirkt Thanks a lot. It was a font issue. Jul 28, 2018 at 12:33

1 Answer 1


So I found out that there was a font missing on the server. I installed dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts on the remote server.

yum install dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts

After this everything worked fine.

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