Questions tagged [fonts]

A font is an entire set of glyphs that make up a typeface. Installing a font allows the user to use that font in order to change the appearance of text on an output device such as a screen or printer.

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Fix terminal after displaying a binary file

I'd tried command cat with an executable file: cat /bin/ls Now I can't read any word in this terminal (Linux console). How can I fix it?
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Can I change the font of the text-mode console?

I have a Unix-like OS installed without a windowing environment; i.e., just a text-mode console and no GUI. Is it possible to change the font used by the console? To be clear, I am not talking about ...
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Use or convert .ttf font for console use in FreeBSD

I have a monospace .ttf font I really like (UbuntuBeta Mono). Is there any way I can use it (or convert first and then use, if needed) for the console in freeBSD? I know there is usr/share/syscons/...
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Ubuntu Server, set terminal font to a custom ttf font?

I would like to change the system (console) font of my ubuntu server to a custom (downloaded) font. Is this possible? I've tried to use: dpkg-reconfigure console-setup but the only allows me to ...
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Gallery of installed fonts

I want to view the fonts that are installed on my system. Specifically, I want the client-side (fontconfig) fonts, not the old-style X11 bitmap fonts on the server (for which xfontsel does an adequate ...
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Why are these fancy characters not shown in my prompt?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04. On 14.04 I additionally installed Terminology. On 16.04 Terminal and Terminology the characters in the bash are not displayed correctly: Look with Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Can GRUB font size be customised?

I would like to reduce the size of the font of GRUB boot loader. Is it possible and so how?
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How Can I Improve the Font Rendering In Firefox

My font rendering in Firefox looks terrible on pages such as facebook.com and twitter.com: I'm running Debian 8 and fiddling with hardware acceleration, and it doesn't seem to work.
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Find the best font for rendering a codepoint

How to find the appropriate font for rendering unicode codepoints ? gnome-terminal find that characters like «🉃⼼😻🕲🝤» can be rendered with fonts like Symbola rather than my terminal font or the ...
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Fresh Arch Installation - Terminal text completely unreadable just after boot

My laptop is a Toshiba CB35-B3340. Also called a Chromebook 2, with part number PLM02U-009008. I had a working installation of Arch on it yesterday, but accidentally destroyed it while moving ...
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How to view a TTF font file?

Is there an application to simply preview a font from a TTF file without installing it?
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Is there a unix command line tool that can analyze font files?

Given a directory of font files (TTF and OTF) I'd like to inspect each font and determine what style (regular, italic, bold, bold-italic) it is. Is there a command line tool for unix flavored ...
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Setting console font in vconsole.conf does not work (systemd)

I am trying to set a different default console font for my new Arch Linux installation (using systemd). I set up my vconsole.conf in /etc as so: KEYMAP=us FONT=Lat2-Terminus16 I rebooted and saw my ...
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How can I find the default (font) resource XTerm is using?

If I launch xterm with its default bitmap fonts and then select the 'Large' font from the 'VT Fonts' menu (via ctrl+right mouse), I get a very usable bitmap font with apparently good Japanese ...
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Java doesn't show menu text

I startet netbeans/intelliJ/squirrelSQL after I didn't use it for a few days/weeks and now the menu doesn't show text. There are just the underlineds. My system: ArchLinux (everything up to date, ...
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Convert .bdf/.pcf font to .psf(u) for using as consolefont?

I am using Arch Linux. Is it possible to convert a BDF or PCF font to a PSF font for use in console/CONSOLEFONT in rc.conf? I haven't found anything that can do it,except bdf2psf which I got the ...
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Why does showconsolefont have different output in tmux?

I'm running an arch linux system with no window manager or desktop environment (right now). I use tmux when I need multiple terminals. When I run sudo showconsolefont on my tty (no tmux), I see the ...
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xterm width and height with regard to number of pixels NOT number of characters

On X window system (TWM) of my Ubuntu 12.04, xterm has width of 484 pixel and height of 316 pixel, and its geometry is 80x24, based on xwininfo. On X window system (TWM) of my LFS 7.9, xterm has with ...
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What fonts are good for unicode glyphs

So I was looking at this answer on stackoverflow and realized that my fonts aren't covering a whole lot of the utf-8 unicode spectrum (as I get lots of squares). Does anyone know a font that will ...
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Font rendering issue in urxvt — too much space between characters

Starting earlier today I am getting font rendering issues with rxvt-unicode. Specifically with many fonts I get an abundance of extra space between characters. In other fonts rxvt refuses to change ...
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Change font in echo command

Is it possible to change the font attributes of the output of echo in either zsh or bash? What I would like is something akin to: echo -n "This is the font: normal " echo -n $font=italic "italic," ...
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Italics in Emacs on a text terminal (rxvt-unicode)

I am using Emacs running in an urxvt, and I cannot get italics to work in Emacs although the terminal supports it. Here’s my current setup: I haven’t set $TERM, so it is the default rxvt-unicode-...
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ImageMagick (or other) for UTF-8 text to image

I'm trying to create many single-character images using convert. The purpose is to provide a plastics specialist with images to print onto keyboard keycaps. The ImageMagick documentation suggests ...
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Why do some characters show as squares in Chrome?

For example in the dev tools I get something like: Some of these squares are at the end of lines, initially I thought they were carriage returns but it turns out they aren't. Also, squares appear ...
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Font size issues with Emacs in linum-mode [duplicate]

I am using Emacs 23. linum-mode works well if using with default settings. But if I increase the font size, the numbers cannot be displayed. It seems the the frame to display the line numbers is not ...
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How can I make a psf font for the console from a otf one?

I want to use the Inconsolata font in the tty console, but I need to generate a psf font for that. I found that there are two tools that should work, otf2bdf and bdf2psf, but every time I try to use ...
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How to get the real name of font?

In my .spacemacs I try to change my default font but it draws an error, how to find the name of fonts that you can write up in config files ?
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Degraded areas of some user interfaces, including pixellated or jagged fonts

For me the symptoms were first observed with PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENT. The first of my 2016 screenshots (below) is similar to the 2012 shot in Debian-related Fonts of some applications get confused so, ...
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Text editor with font-size selection for specific human languages (ie. Unicode Block) eg Devanagari

Pre Linux, I used Windows.. (too many years in the wilderness :) ... however there was a ray of sunshine in amongst all the general virus/re-install flack.. and that was Notepad++, a text Editor I ...
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Unable to use correctly Powerline with xterm

I am trying to set up Powerline in my xterm. Im running ArchLinux. I have followed the steps from here and I am at this point here: So basicaly it works but I just cannot make the arrows appear. This ...
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Set system font in LXDE?

I want to set the system font in LXDE, but I can't find where the setting is. This is what the Font tab looks like in lxappearance. As you can see, there is no combo for selecting the font:
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Why is Xft ignoring font settings?

As you can see below, my Xft settings match exactly my fontconfig settings: $ xrdb -query | grep -i xft Xft.antialias: 1 Xft.autohint: 1 Xft.dpi: 96 Xft.hinting: 1 Xft.hintstyle: hintmedium ...
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Is there a command such as xwininfo, xdpyinfo, xprop, or xlsclient that will tell me what font an X client window is using?

I'm trying to find a command that will report what font a given X window is configured to use. Does such a command exist? Looking through these tools I did not see an option that would give me this: ...
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how to make XTerm never use bold characters?

I am trying to make XTerm to never use a bold font, and nothing seems to work. I put settings in ~/.Xresources and then run xrdb ~/.Xresources and then start a new XTerm. This is what I try: XTerm*...
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How do I alias the bold weight of a font family to the bold weight of another font family?

I have one font -- PragmataPro. The bold version of this font lies in another family, Essential PragmataPro. I would like applications to use Essential PragmataPro Bold when it tries to use ...
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What are the purposes of the different types of XWindows fonts?

In my /usr/share/fonts/ I have four sub-directories categorizing types of fonts: cmap truetype type1 X11 The command fc-list produces a list of them. Are these different categories for specific ...
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Fuzzy Fonts in Vim-Like (Webkit) browsers

I tried several vim-like browsers such as uzbl, vimb and dwb recently. All they have in common is the Fuzzy fonts rendering in some pages such as stackexchang or github. I've searched and found ...
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No Unicode Symbols in URXVT

I'm using urxvt with DejaVu Sans Mono as font: urxvt.font: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono But I'm not possible to see Unicode characters like '⌚'. Why that ? Is urxvt able to display these symbols? ...
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Firefox Quantum on Debian stretch font rendering problems

I install firefox «Quantum» 60.0.2 (64bits) on Debian GNU/Linux Stretch via snap, follow this and I have big font rendering problems with this version of Firefox. a screen cap of Jupyter Notebook ...
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Blurred 75/100 DPI Xorg font packages with Webkit?

In web browsers using Webkit as their engine we have blurred and unclear font rendering issue in some pages such as Stackexchange, Github and some random other sites. The problem is the fonts come ...
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How to find out which unicode codepoints are defined in a TTF file?

I need to automate a process of verification which Unicode characters have actual glyphs defined for them in a True Type Font file. How do I go around doing that? I can't seem to find information on ...
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How can I make all fonts with all font faces show a sample string for comparison?

For a specific task I want to select a decent font. For that I want to compare the text “E G PM” for all my installed fonts (or even more) on a Linux system (Ubuntu in this case). Especially the bold ...
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How to fix awful font rendering in Firefox 55 on Debian Buster/testing?

I upgraded from Debian stable (Stretch) to testing (Buster) today, which went without a hitch. All applications work fine, except Firefox, which has awful font rendering: text is often hard to read ...
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In SciTE (Scintilla), how can I create Syntax-Highlighting for my own custom language?

I want to create a custom Language, with its own custom Syntax Highlighting. Notepad++, a Windows-only SciTE/Scintilla based text editor, allowed me to create a custom "Language", and now, in Linux,...
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tesseract: is it possible to change font output in OCRed pdf?

Following up on how to OCR a pdf file and get the text stored within pdf? I have successfully produced OCRed pdf pages. In Evince, however, the letters are not shown; by this I mean that I cannot see ...
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How to configure fonts on a remote X connection (XDMCP vs. ssh)?

Connecting to a remote Solaris 10 system over X11 I observe inconsistent behavior regarding the used fonts. I am connecting from a Cygwin/X system. When I connect using ssh forwarding like this $ ...
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Fonts of some applications get confused

I am running Debian Testing with LXDE. After some time of work, some applications begin to show confused fonts, as shown in the following screenshot (the pdf specific area is good): This happens ...
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How can I get full Unicode font coverage for Gentoo Linux?

I've installed over 159 new fonts, all that were possible in Gentoo mirror. But even then, gnucharmap doesn't have: Arabic mathematical alphabet symbols 01ee00 1eebb Arabic Extended-A ࢠ ࣾ Chakma ...
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What are these rectangular characters and where is this notation defined

Using Linux (Fedora, specifically) as my primary workstation, I noticed, at times, strange non-printable characters like in the following screenshots (bottom-left in the first image and upper-left in ...
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Improve the font rendering in Fedora

I was using Ubuntu and recently moved to Fedora 15 with Gnome 3. I am not at all impressed with the subpixel smoothing and fonts in Fedora. How do I improve the readability and quality?