Re: Fonts changed after X upgrade in unstable
On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 16:21:11 -0700, Nate Eldredge wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Apr 2006, Florian Kulzer wrote:
> >On Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 17:21:10 -0700, Nate Eldredge wrote:
> >>The other day I upgraded my unstable to get the new X.org packages. Most
> >>everything seems okay except that the fonts in many applications are
> >>different. Let's take gaim as an example. The font used throughout
> >>(buddy list, for example) is much smaller than the one I had before, and I
> >>don't like it.
> >Are you sure that it is really a different font, i.e. a different
> >typeface, or could it be the same font scaled down in size?
> That is possible. I can't tell for sure but it might be the same font.
> >Your problem might be due to changes in your X server's resolution
> >settings, which influence the size of the fonts on the screen. You can
> >check this from an X terminal with the command
> >xdpyinfo | grep resolution
> Thanks for the suggestion, I wasn't aware that such a setting existed.
> It looks like mine is set to 75x75 dpi. The screen is about a 14" LCD
> which is 1024x768 pixels. That does seem too low; by my calculations the
> screen should be 1280 pixels diagonally, so it should be more like 90 dpi.
> How would I adjust this? I don't see anything that seems to set screen
> dpi in either my old or new X server config files, so I don't know what
> the old value was or how it got changed.
To try different settings quickly, you can start X like this:
startx -- -dpi 84
> Also, would this necessarily affect fonts across the board? Because in
> some applications, e.g. xterm, the fonts still look exactly the same as
Then maybe something changed with respect to how GTK applications such
as Gaim set up their user interface. If you change the X resolution all
applications should indeed be affected the same. It seems to me that the
quickest fix might be to look at the file .gtkrc-2.0 in your home
directory and search for a font specification. This is what I have:
font_name="Bitstream Vera Sans 11"
widget_class "*" style "user-font"
You could try to increase the size specification - "11" (points) in my
case - and restart Gaim.