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tl;dr firefox on alpine does not display any characters, only missing character code glyphs

I installed firefox apk add firefox. Running firefox (over remote X tunnelled via ssh) no characters are rendered. There are only missing character code value glyphs

firefox on alpine missing character glpyhs

I suspect another package of character images needs to be installed.


alpine linux version 3.12.1.
Package firefox is version firefox-84.0.2-r0.

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    You forgot to add fonts package. Can you post the output of apk info -v | grep ttf? You can add a couple of fonts like dejavu and liberation with: apk add ttf-dejavu ttf-liberation. Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 14:09
  • I ran apk add ttf-dejavu ttf-liberation ttf-freefont ttf-opensans ttf-font-awesome. Firefox now shows actual characters. Thanks @FrancescoColista ! If you'd like to officially Answer The Question, please go ahead. Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 19:55

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You are missing font packages.

You can add a couple of fonts like dejavu and liberation with: apk add ttf-dejavu ttf-liberation

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