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#1 2019-05-15 11:14:05

nasci
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Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

My zsh prompt contains two unicode symbols: ● and ❯. These two symbols display perfectly in Chromium, but in urxvt they do not render properly. The font is Ubuntu Mono Derivative Powerline.

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The first problem is the jagged edges, which I expected would be fixed with antialising and/or hinting. I have enabled these in .Xdefaults as well as /etc/fonts/conf.d, but there is still pixelation on the edges of these characters.

The second problem is that the circle symbol does not render as a circle at smaller font sizes. The attached screenshot shows the same text at pizelsize=14 and pixelsize=24 (set in .Xdefaults). In the first example, the symbol is clearly the wrong shape, but at 24px it seems okay. I'm not sure what could cause a font to completely misrender characters like that.

Some things I've tried:

  • changing to a non-powerline font

  • changing to a different font family

  • changing DPI in xrandr

  • enabling antialiasing and hinting

Interestingly, if I put an invalid font name in my .Xdefaults, the symbols render fine and there is no aliasing. So whatever font it falls back to doesn't have these issues.

Could I get some guidance from someone? Thanks.

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#2 2019-05-15 15:40:00

seth
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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

Link to the font?
If you make the font *really* HUUUUGE, do the dots still grow with it?

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#3 2019-05-16 05:29:20

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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

.Xresources ?


Please vote for all the AUR packages you're using. You can mass-vote for all of them by doing: "pacman -Qqm | xargs aurvote -v" (make sure to run "aurvote --configure"  first)

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#4 2019-05-16 06:49:11

nasci
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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

seth wrote:

Link to the font?

https://github.com/powerline/fonts/tree … UbuntuMono
Same issue with other fonts though.
Yes, the dots grow with font size. At 24px they seem rougly circular. Here is another screenshot with pixelheight 64, 128 and 256: https://i.imgur.com/PrRw5ws.png.

Batou wrote:

.Xresources ?

The alternative to .Xdefaults. See https://superuser.com/questions/243914/ … -xdefaults.

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#5 2019-05-16 08:19:35

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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

nasci wrote:
Batou wrote:

.Xresources ?

The alternative to .Xdefaults. See https://superuser.com/questions/243914/ … -xdefaults.

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#6 2019-05-16 08:21:48

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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

The font doesn't provide that glyph (u+25cf), so it's substituted from somewhere.
strace/grep urxvt to see which other fonts are loaded.

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#7 2019-05-17 08:22:03

nasci
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Re: Unicode rendering in URxvt (jagged edges and misshapen symbols)

Thanks for the replies, I worked it out. Here's some information (mostly for my own records):

As I suspected, when I used gucharmap to inspect Ubuntu Mono, those unicode positions are empty. I assumed that since the glyphs were being rendered, they were part of the font. I didn't specify a fallback font in Xresources, so I'm surprised they rendered at all. Still not sure how this works. I think there was a preset in /etc/fonts/conf.d which was providing the bad glyphs, but I had so many that I'm not sure which one. It seems there are two ways around it:

- copy in the glyphs from another font and recompile the ttf file (would be broken by AUR updates)
- add a fallback font in .Xresources

I tried both but ended up going with the second. Turns out I only had one font installed which rendered the glyphs properly, which was Free Serif.

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