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Re: Emacs 28: Specific TTF font gets loaded with font-backend x instead

From: Robert Pluim
Subject: Re: Emacs 28: Specific TTF font gets loaded with font-backend x instead of ftcrhb
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:26:50 +0100

>>>>> On Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:21:10 +0100, Tassilo Horn <> said:

    Tassilo> Robert Pluim <> writes:
    >> >> FWIW, I canʼt reproduce this. Which distribution is this on?
    Tassilo> This is on Arch Linux where the JetBrainsMono font is installed as 
    Tassilo> system package in version 1.0.1.  I've seen that the current 
version is
    Tassilo> 1.0.2, so maybe the issue is fixed upstream alread...
    Tassilo> So I've just downloaded the and copied 
over the
    Tassilo> new TTF files to /usr/share/fonts/TTF/ overwriting the existing 
ones and
    Tassilo> ran "sudo fc-cache".  Therafter, my emacs shows mostly boxes:
    >> Does Arch have some kind of 'fallback to bitmap' configuration?

Could you try uninstalling the system package, and installing the
1.0.2 version using the fonts tool? Just open the font(s) from your file
manager, and there will be an 'install' button at the top right which
will copy it somewhere under ~/.local/ rather than the system directories.

    Tassilo> Not that I know of but I'm no font config expert.  Usually, it just
    Tassilo> works...

I took a look at the Arch jetbrainsmono-1.0.1 package, and it wants to
install 'xorg-bdftopcf', which is used for converting fonts from
bitmap formats, which is somewhat strange for a TTF font.


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