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Bug#316630: libxft2: Cannot load bitmap fonts; other fonts look ugly

Package: libxft2
Version: 2.1.7-1
Severity: normal

The problem with libXft-2.1.5 described at
appears to be still present in this version.

In particular, when I do: fc-list : file | grep dpi

(looking to see if it found any of the 100dpi or 75dpi
directories, which it certainly should have done because
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts is listed in /etc/fonts/fonts.conf
which I have not changed), there is no output.

I really want it to be able to load the bitmap fonts because
they render much better than the scalable ones (as long as
you get the applications to ask for exactly the right size,
which you can do by messing around with Xft.dpi in
.Xresources if all else fails).  The best configuration I
can find for scaled fonts is

Xft.hinting:	true
Xft.hintstyle:	hintfull
Xft.antialias: 0

but it's still not very good (probably due to the fact that
it can't use the patented algorithms) so I want to stick to
the bitmap fonts.

Is there any way of getting an improved version of libxft2
on sarge without having to upgrade the whole distribution or
break all the dependencies?

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.23
Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (charmap=ISO-8859-1) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB)

Versions of packages libxft2 depends on:
ii  libc6                    2.3.2.ds1-22    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libfontconfig1           2.3.1-2         generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6             2.1.7-2.4       FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libx11-6                 4.3.0.dfsg.1-14 X Window System protocol client li
ii  libxrender1              0.8.3-7         X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  xlibs                    4.3.0.dfsg.1-14 X Keyboard Extension (XKB) configu
ii  zlib1g                   1:1.2.2-4       compression library - runtime

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