[Users] Font ugliness coming in Ubuntu 16.04?

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Fri Feb 19 05:38:53 CET 2016

On Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:33:10 -0500, Michael A. Yetto wrote:
>On Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:16:13 -0500 Barry Warsaw wrote:
>>On Feb 18, 2016, at 10:46 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>>>This font issue has nothing to do with Claws.
>>How did I know someone would say this? ;}
>>Any details, clues, etc. would be appreciated.
>When 16.04 is actually released this problem might be gone. Are
>you running on a Beta OS and expecting release quality?

Beyond that all kinds of configurations are involved that have impact
to the font rendering. Font configs, a display and/or theme config
depending to the WM/DE and perhaps even an X and/or gtk2 config.

Two more or less equal installs (Arch Linux and Ubuntu Wily) using
"Liberation Sans Regular 12" for Claws' folder and message lists, but
the font looks different on the two installs:

[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# pacman -Q claws-mail-git gtk2 ttf-liberation openbox
claws-mail-git 3.13.2.r1.geb08800-1
gtk2 2.24.29-1
ttf-liberation 2.00.1-6
openbox 3.6.1-2
[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# pacman -Ql ttf-liberation|grep sans.conf
ttf-liberation /etc/fonts/conf.avail/30-ttf-liberation-sans.conf
[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# pacman -Ql ttf-liberation|grep Sans-Regular
ttf-liberation /usr/share/fonts/TTF/LiberationSans-Regular.ttf
[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# systemd-nspawn -qD /mnt/moonstudio 
[root at moonstudio ~]# ls -GAg /home/weremouse/|grep /arch
lrwxrwxrwx  1    43 Oct  6 22:57 .bogofilter -> /mnt/archlinux/home/rocketmouse/.bogofilter
lrwxrwxrwx  1    43 Oct  6 22:57 .claws-mail -> /mnt/archlinux/home/rocketmouse/.claws-mail
lrwxrwxrwx  1    42 Oct  6 22:57 Claws Mail -> /mnt/archlinux/home/rocketmouse/Claws Mail
[root at moonstudio ~]# dpkg -l claws-mail-git fonts-liberation libgtk2.0-dev  openbox|grep ii
ii  claws-mail-git   3.13.2-1-geb0880-1 amd64        A GTK+ based e-mail client - git checkout
ii  fonts-liberation 1.07.4-1           all          Fonts with the same metrics as Times, Arial and Courier
ii  libgtk2.0-dev    2.24.28-1ubuntu1.1 amd64        development files for the GTK+ library
ii  openbox          3.6.1-1ubuntu2     amd64        standards-compliant, fast, light-weight and extensible window manager
[root at moonstudio ~]# dpkg -L fonts-liberation|grep sans.conf
[root at moonstudio ~]# dpkg -L fonts-liberation|grep Sans-Regular
[root at moonstudio ~]#

The above Arch's font config has nothing to do with the rendering:

[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# cat /etc/fonts/conf.avail/30-ttf-liberation-sans.conf|head|tail -n7
         <!-- Microsoft -->
        <alias binding="same">
              <family>Liberation Sans</family>

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