Bug 1021323 - Gnome Tweak Tool has limited ability to configure font hinting and font preferences
Gnome Tweak Tool has limited ability to configure font hinting and font prefe...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-tweak-tool (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Mohamed El Morabity
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-10-21 01:30 EDT by Maxwell Spangler
Modified: 2015-02-17 12:45 EST (History)
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Screenshot of gnome-tweak-tool settings, what works and what doesn't (701.21 KB, image/png)
2013-10-21 01:30 EDT, Maxwell Spangler
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packages updated during yum update (10.99 KB, text/plain)
2013-10-21 01:36 EDT, Maxwell Spangler
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full list of all installed packages on my system (58.19 KB, text/plain)
2013-10-21 01:36 EDT, Maxwell Spangler
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Description Maxwell Spangler 2013-10-21 01:30:26 EDT
Created attachment 814400 [details]
Screenshot of gnome-tweak-tool settings, what works and what doesn't

Description of problem:
After a perodic 'yum update' to my Fedora 19 system last night, I noticed that many applications have stopped using the font choices that I set for them using gnome-tweak-tool.

For example, I replace Cantarell with Lucida Grande for Default Font and Document Font.  When I run Evolution now, the list of folders and messages is in Cantarell and I can't change it.  However, the individual message preview sub-window that shows from/to/subject responds to my gtt default font setting.  The message body preview responds to my gtt Document font setting.

So what I've lost is Evolution other gtk based apps following Default font and Document for much of their content.

Attempts to use gnome-tweak-tool to change font hinting would normally show visible stair-stepping if set to "None" and smooth fonts if set to slight or medium.  Hinting now has no impact on any fonts.  The GTT Antialiasing setting also appears to have no impact.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 19, updated 10/20/2013.  I'll attach a list of the packages involved in the update although I don't know which package(s) are involved in this bug/change.

How reproducible:
Works on my single system with my normal user account and with an optional, clean "guest" account.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Update to current 10/20/2013 packages
2.  Attempt to change fonts with gnome-tweak-tool
3.  Observe results with Evolution and other gtk applications.

Actual results:
GTT is still properly changing configuration settings but its effectiveness is being lost as applications don't seem to be following those settings.

Expected results:
GTT should be able to allow users to change old and new settings in GNOME so that "Document font" can effectively be set by the user to control their environment.

Additional info:
If changes in the back end of gnome font handling are moving away from GTT's configuration variables, can we please have a documented way to change these settings otherwise?
Comment 1 Maxwell Spangler 2013-10-21 01:36:23 EDT
Created attachment 814401 [details]
packages updated during yum update

This file contains the /var/log/yum.log lines from the package update performed on my system last night.  After last night's update, my font handling changed.  I don't know which package is suspect.
Comment 2 Maxwell Spangler 2013-10-21 01:36:56 EDT
Created attachment 814402 [details]
full list of all installed packages on my system
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Comment 4 Adam Williamson 2015-02-09 16:01:50 EST
Are you sure this was "and other GTK apps", or did you only check Evolution?

Something I ran into today suggests to me that Evolution *specifically* doesn't respect the GTT settings:


but other apps - gedit, GNOME Terminal, even Firefox! - do, for me.
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