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Bug#256500: marked as done ("Phantom" helvetica font with invisible letters)

Your message dated Thu, 03 May 2012 18:37:48 +0000
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and subject line Bug#651494: Removed package(s) from unstable
has caused the Debian Bug report #256500,
regarding "Phantom" helvetica font with invisible letters
to be marked as done.

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Package: defoma
Version: 0.11.8
Severity: normal


I'm not sure what package to file this bug against; 'defoma' is a shot in
the dark.

The problem is that in some X applications, e.g. 'gv' or 'amaya', some text
elements are not being displayed - for example, the menus. All the menu
items are there and they are selectable, but the letters are invisible.

Unfortunately, I know of no way to find out what X font an application is
requesting from the server, so more guesswork was involved. After a while,
however, I found that -*-helvetica-medium-r-normal-*-*-100-* contains only
'empty characters'. If I select this font in e.g. xftontsel, the sample text
disappears. The strange thing is that the only foundry that has this font is
adobe, and when I select -adobe-helvetica-medium-r-normal-*-*-100-*, the
display is correct.

It seems to be the ptSz value that does the voodoo: as long as I don't touch
it, the letters are there. I made this little table about which value works
and which doesn't:

-*-	OK
-80-	bad
-90-	OK
-100-	bad
-120-	bad
-140-	bad
-180-	bad
-240-	bad

I have the following packages installed that may be related to the problem:

| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                            Version        Description
ii  dafont-basic-fixedwidth         1.00-1         Dafont Basic Fixed Width fonts package.
ii  defoma                          0.11.8         Debian Font Manager -- automatic font configuration framework
ii  dfontmgr                        0.11.7         GUI frontend for Defoma, DEbian FOnt MAnager
ii  dvi2ps-fontdata-bsr             1.0.1-0.1      tfm files for bluesky research fonts
ii  dynafont                        1.0-15         Module for konwert package which loads UTF-8 fonts dynamically
ii  figfonts                        2.2.1-1        User contributed fonts for figlet
ii  fontconfig                      2.2.2-2        generic font configuration library
ii  freefont                        0.10-11        Freeware font selection for X11
ii  gsfonts                         8.14-3         Fonts for the Ghostscript interpreter(s)
ii  gsfonts-other                   6.0-3          Additional fonts for the ghostscript interpreter
ii  gsfonts-x11                     0.17           Make Ghostscript fonts available to X11
ii  gtkfontsel                      1.1-6          A gtk+ based font selection utility
ii  latex-xft-fonts                 0.1-3          Xft-compatible versions of some LaTeX fonts
ii  libfont-afm-perl                1.18-1         Interface to Adobe Font Metrics files for Perl
ii  libfontconfig1                  2.2.2-2        generic font configuration library (shared library)
ii  mplayer-fonts                   3.5-2          Fonts for mplayer
ii  msttcorefonts                   1.1.4          Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts
ii  psfontmgr                       0.11.8         PostScript font manager -- part of Defoma, Debian Font Manager
ii  sharefont                       0.10-12        Shareware font selection for X11
ii  ttf-freefont                    20030519-1     Freefont Serif, Sans and Mono Truetype fonts
ii  ult1mo-fonts                    1.0-10         some Type1 fonts in ISO-8859-2 encoding
ii  unifont                         1.0-1          X11 dual-width GNU unicode font
ii  x-ttcidfont-conf                14             Configure TrueType and CID fonts for X
ii  xfonts-100dpi                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 100 dpi fonts for X
ii  xfonts-100dpi-transcoded        4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 100 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
ii  xfonts-75dpi                    4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 75 dpi fonts for X
ii  xfonts-75dpi-transcoded         4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 75 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
ii  xfonts-artwiz                   2.5            X fonts created by Artwiz, TigerT, and Daniel Erat
ii  xfonts-base                     4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 standard fonts for X
ii  xfonts-base-transcoded          4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 standard fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
ii  xfonts-biznet-100dpi            3.0.0-15       100 dpi BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers
ii  xfonts-biznet-75dpi             3.0.0-15       75 dpi BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers
ii  xfonts-biznet-base              3.0.0-15       Standard BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers
ii  xfonts-biznet-iso-8859-2-100dpi 3.0.0-15       100 dpi BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers - meta package
ii  xfonts-biznet-iso-8859-2-75dpi  3.0.0-15       75 dpi BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers - meta package
ii  xfonts-biznet-iso-8859-2-base   3.0.0-15       Standard BIZNET ISO-8859-2 fonts for X servers - meta package
ii  xfonts-dosemu                   1.2.1-1        VGA font for the DOS Emulator
ii  xfonts-efont-unicode            0.4.0-4        /efont/ Unicode fonts for X which cover various scripts
ii  xfonts-efont-unicode-ib         0.4.0-4        /efont/ Unicode fonts for X (italic and bold)
ii  xfonts-intl-european            1.2.1-2        International fonts for X -- European
ii  xfonts-jmk                      3.0-4          James M. Knoble's character-cell fonts for X
ii  xfonts-konsole                  3.2.2-1        Fonts used by the KDE Konsole
ii  xfonts-nexus                    0.0.2-7        Nexus font for X
ii  xfonts-pex                      4.1.0-17       fonts for minimal PEX support in X
ii  xfonts-scalable                 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 scalable fonts for X
ii  xfonts-scalable-nonfree         4.2.0-2        non-free Type1 and TrueType fonts from XFree86
ii  xfonts-terminus                 4.06-1         Fixed-width fonts for fast reading
ii  xfonts-terminus-dos             4.06-1         Fixed-width fonts for DOS encodings
ii  xfonts-terminus-oblique         4.06-1         Oblique version of the Terminus font

I tried to remove most of them to see if anything happened, but there was no
effect (other than that most of the other text on my desktop was replaced by
little squares after a while). What was most strange was that I couldn't get
rid of the Helvetica font. It kept showing up in xfontsel even after I
removed xfonts-{100,75}dpi* which seemed to be the packages that supplied
it (naturally, I did restart the font server and even the X server each

I am at a loss as to what else to try.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.1-ak2-chardonnay
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=hu_HU

Versions of packages defoma depends on:
ii  dialog                   0.9b-20040316-1 Displays user-friendly dialog boxe
ii  file                     4.07-2          Determines file type using "magic"
ii  perl                     5.8.3-2         Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  whiptail                 0.51.4-23       Displays user-friendly dialog boxe

-- no debconf information

          Andrew Korn (Korn Andras) <korn at chardonnay.math.bme.hu>
                    Does steel wool come from metal sheep?

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Version: 0.11.12+rm

Dear submitter,

as the package defoma has just been removed from the Debian archive
unstable we hereby close the associated bug reports.  We are sorry
that we couldn't deal with your issue properly.

For details on the removal, please see http://bugs.debian.org/651494

The version of this package that was in Debian prior to this removal
can still be found using http://snapshot.debian.org/.

This message was generated automatically; if you believe that there is
a problem with it please contact the archive administrators by mailing

Debian distribution maintenance software
Alexander Reichle-Schmehl (the ftpmaster behind the curtain)

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