Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 197035
gdm themes use specific hardcoded font names
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:36 EST
Description of problem:
When installing FC6-test1 using different languages, like for example Greek, the
entire system uses that selected language. While it works fine everywhere else,
gdm has problems displaying the language correctly.
Apparently, the gdm themes use hardcoded font names, specifically they use
"Bitstream Vera Sans" along with variands (bold, different font size etc).
Since Bitstream Vera doesn't support all available language characters it forces
the system to do substitution, thus the overal effect is ugly looking characters.
We propose, to use generic family names, like "Sans". This way, gdm will use the
correct Sans family font thats good for the selected language and not force
Bitstream Vera and font substitution.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. install FC6-test1 and select Greek in the language selection
2. complete the installation and reboot
3. install proper Greek fonts like Dejavu (from extras)
4. confirm that the entire system uses Dejavu fonts and Greek displays fine
while gdm looks ugly with all fonts messed up because it enforces Bitstream fonts.
The proper font isn't beign used, thus fonts look messed up.
Correct font is selected and characters look as the should.
Adding this bug to the FC6 Desktop blocker tracker.
*** Bug 199279 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
We've decided to go with DejaVu by default. This bug has been worked around
temporarily, by making requests for "Bitstream Vera" return DejaVu.
We should get the theme updated though.
Once the theme is updated it will work correctly for everyone, no matter what
kind of fonts/languages they use.
Fixed in redhat-artwork-0.245-1. Ray needs to rebase the RHEL-5 branch to that
version, and move his patchwork upstream.
Done in 5.0.2-1.el5