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Bug 1240807 - Non-latin glyphs generated by ligatures fi ff fl
Non-latin glyphs generated by ligatures fi ff fl
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fontconfig (Show other bugs)
Unspecified Unspecified
unspecified Severity urgent
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Assigned To: Akira TAGOH
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-07-07 15:51 EDT by Federico Leva
Modified: 2015-12-18 05 EST (History)
12 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2015-12-02 09:15:13 EST
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The letters in question (796 bytes, image/png)
2015-07-07 15:51 EDT, Federico Leva
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Font confirmation by Firefox dev tools (17.18 KB, image/png)
2015-07-07 15:52 EDT, Federico Leva
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Bold example from this bug report (4.68 KB, image/png)
2015-07-07 15:54 EDT, Federico Leva
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PNG image showing error (156.78 KB, image/png)
2015-07-07 17:51 EDT, ByteEnable
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Image demostrating ligatures (185.71 KB, image/png)
2015-08-20 13:23 EDT, Vasco Rodrigues
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Example from today in Fedora 21 after multiple reboots (7.88 KB, image/png)
2015-12-18 05:01 EST, Federico Leva
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Description Federico Leva 2015-07-07 15:51:48 EDT
Created attachment 1049535 [details]
The letters in question

Digrams fi ff fl became unreadable after latest update to DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Sans Bold, being transformed into another script. See attachment.

$ rpm -qa | grep dejavu
Comment 1 Federico Leva 2015-07-07 15:52:18 EDT
Created attachment 1049536 [details]
Font confirmation by Firefox dev tools
Comment 2 Federico Leva 2015-07-07 15:54:58 EDT
Created attachment 1049537 [details]
Bold example from this bug report
Comment 3 ByteEnable 2015-07-07 17:50:05 EDT
Getting f's appear as unreadable character when the "DejaVu Serif" is specified in CSS.

This starting happening with the most recent update to the Dejavu fonts:

Comment 4 ByteEnable 2015-07-07 17:51:22 EDT
Created attachment 1049597 [details]
PNG image showing error
Comment 5 Vasco Rodrigues 2015-08-20 13:23:13 EDT
Can confirm this, from a new installation of fedora 22, also does this.
Comment 6 Vasco Rodrigues 2015-08-20 13:23:54 EDT
Created attachment 1065335 [details]
Image demostrating ligatures
Comment 7 Vasco Rodrigues 2015-08-20 13:44:33 EDT
(In reply to Vasco Rodrigues from comment #5)
> Can confirm this, from a new installation of fedora 22, also does this.

After updating packages, seems fixed.
Comment 8 Nicolas Mailhot 2015-09-05 08:04:14 EDT
Please check if it exists somewhere else than in the browser, firefox never handled well font updates, it usually needs a restart to clear such effects
Comment 9 Federico Leva 2015-09-05 08:10:29 EDT
(In reply to Nicolas Mailhot from comment #8)
> Please check if it exists somewhere else than in the browser, firefox never
> handled well font updates, it usually needs a restart to clear such effects

I can't test right now because I downgraded. Would it be ok to test in LibreOffice after upgrading again?
Comment 10 Nicolas Mailhot 2015-09-06 11:57:49 EDT
I don't remember if LibreOffice shares the same bug. windows-originated apps tend to suck at handling font updates (because on windows, you do not update fonts and when you do you need rebooting anyway)

GNOME used to be the gold standard, since behdad fixed most warts there, so I'd test in gedit (I hope no one configures away font setup there)
Comment 11 Federico Leva 2015-09-28 13:36:27 EDT
I cannot reproduce the issue with gedit or Firefox on fedora 22. However, it's still present in the fedora 21 package.

(Sorry for the wait, I had to get hold of the other machine with fedora 22.)
Comment 12 Nicolas Mailhot 2015-09-28 13:47:04 EDT
prolly some kind of fontconfig cache problem ?
Comment 13 Akira TAGOH 2015-09-28 21:25:47 EDT
Given that it is the cache problem, does fc-cache -f help? if not, I don't think it is.

FWIW does this issue only happens after updating packages? or does it keep to be presented after restart apps or desktop even?
Comment 14 Federico Leva 2015-10-03 07:37:15 EDT
Ok, I updated the package again on fedora 21... the bug displays itself after some seconds on Firefox, e.g. with DejaVu Sans. With DejaVu Sans Bold another funny one is that "€" is displayed as "Rs".

fc-cache -f doesn't help. I'll try not to downgrade before next reboot to tell you how a restart affects the bug...
Comment 15 Federico Leva 2015-10-30 16:22:11 EDT
After reboot things are better, but not quite right. I still see occasional random glyphs displayed for all sorts of digrams with "f" (and perhaps others), in a seemingly different font too. The difference now is that if I select the text then the display glitch is corrected.
Comment 16 Fedora End Of Life 2015-11-04 05:00:20 EST
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Comment 17 Pravin Satpute 2015-11-25 08:40:55 EST
Is this bug still exist in F23? Is not please close else move to F23. 
We don't want to loose any valuable bug :)
Comment 18 Fedora End Of Life 2015-12-02 09:15:24 EST
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Comment 19 Federico Leva 2015-12-18 05:01 EST
Created attachment 1107057 [details]
Example from today in Fedora 21 after multiple reboots

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