Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 109158
Squares instead Russian letters in many Gtk-1.2 applications
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:33 EST
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Description of problem:
In many Gtk-1.2 applications (Gimp, xmms etc), I see squares instead
Russian letters. This because, XFree has incorrect fonts, without
Russian glyphs. This old problem begin from Red Hat 8.0. It is
possible to fix it, if make thease steps:
1. Get right fonts from
2. There are .bdf files in this archive. I make pcf.gz from it via
3. Put .pcf.gz fonts into /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi directory
with replace old fonts.
4. Run mkfontdir in this directory
5. Restart X Font Server (xfs)
After thease steps, all is OK.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the system with default Russian language
2. Run xmms
3. Click right button in xmms window
Actual Results: Squares in menu instead Russian letters
Expected Results: Russian letters in menu
Can you post here the command line for bdftopcf ?
Fedora Core no longer has XFree86 as the X11 implementation, we have
switched to X.Org X11. The fonts included with X.Org and XFree86
are not "open source" fonts, and do not permit modification and
redistribution. We ship what comes with the X11 implementation
and can not modify these fonts. The fonts at the URL you provided,
at a first glance seem to possibly be illegally modified versions of
fonts included with X.Org. Please contact X.Org directly concerning
the bad fonts. http://bugs.freedesktop.org "xorg" component.
This problem presents in Fedora Core also.
Please, see license information, for example, into courB08.bdf:
"...Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell this software
and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby
granted, provided that the above copyright notices appear in all
copies and that both those copyright notices and this permission
notice appear in supporting documentation..." etc
Why you think about "illegaly modified", I'm not understand. IHMO, all
needed rights is provided.
In addition, these fonts is used in ASPLinux distribution already some
The majority of fonts in X.Org and XFree86 are not freely modifyable
and redistributable. In practice this means nobody but the author
can modify them. I wasn't aware any of them at all were under any
true OSS license, but if they are indeed under a true OSS license,
you can file a bug report at X.Org bugzilla, located at
http://bugs.freedesktop.org in the "xorg" component. X.Org will
then review the request, and possibly include any new fonts into
future releases. Once any new fonts are present in X.Org, they
will naturally make their way into future Fedora Core releases.