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#1 2018-09-16 13:25:36

tgirod
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aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

After a system upgrade a few days ago (13/09 I think), fonts in firefox, thunderbird and other gtk applications (but not QT apps) are aliased, barely readable.

See here : https://screenshots.firefox.com/SryUv8F … hlinux.org

How can I investigate the problem ? Where should I start ?

Last edited by tgirod (2018-09-16 18:31:52)

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#2 2018-09-16 14:00:42

seth
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

I suggest to check the uploaded picture in another device - there seems nothing wrong in that screenshot.

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#3 2018-09-16 14:17:34

brebs
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

Was fontconfig upgraded? Check in /var/log/pacman.log

Do you have:

# ls -l /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf
... /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf -> ../conf.avail/70-no-bitmaps.conf

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#4 2018-09-16 16:56:27

tgirod
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

@seth indeed the image is perfectly normal on another machine. That's a start !

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#5 2018-09-16 18:32:27

tgirod
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

apparently the problem was coming from my screen. Marked as solved.

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#6 2018-09-16 19:02:49

brebs
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

Explain what the solution was, it will help others.

Those fonts look blurry/smudged, compared to mine.

Last edited by brebs (2018-09-16 19:04:15)

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#7 2018-09-16 19:10:01

tgirod
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

@brebs I'm not sure I understand it myself.

In my first post I said I saw an aliasing problem only in GTK, but I was mistaken (also visible in QT). Then I realized maybe the problem was everywhere and not just the fonts - just easier to spot on small sharp details. And indeed it was, for I could see it in the screenshot I showed you.

So I started messing up with my screen's weird menus no one really understands, and BAM! The artefact stopped instantly! I'm still unsure if I changed anything. It just "fell in place", for a lack of a better term. Sorry, this is really not helpful but I can't say much more ...

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#8 2018-09-16 19:24:13

brebs
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Re: aliased fonts in all gtk apps after a recent upgrade [SOLVED]

I assume it was confusion over the screen resolution, with scaling of the pixels taking place.

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