Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 240959
Fonts too big relatively to line spacing
Last modified: 2018-04-11 13:50:44 EDT
Description of problem:
Start firefox from twm.
The lines in the combo-box fox are sqeezed together.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. startx /usr/bin/twm
2. right-click -> xterm
See the attached screenshot.
Created attachment 155239 [details]
Created attachment 155240 [details]
X server log
More combinations which I tried:
When I call "startx" instea,d I get a normal Gnome session, and the fonts in
firefox are OK.
In normal work I use framebuffer on console (fbset in /etc/rc.sysinit), and an
xorg.xonf which uses framebuffer device with a smaller resolution. The fonts
are OK in this case.
Created attachment 155262 [details]
xorg.conf which works with framebuffer
When I start Matrox framebuffer on the console and use this xorg.conf, then the
OK, I did more experiments:
I have verified that when I disable pango (export MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=1), the
It does not make any difference whether I use the "mga" driver for my matrox, or
whether I use the "fbdev" framebuffer driver.
I also discovered bug #241236, and it seems to be one of the reasons.
While Firefox defaulted to 96dpi, Pango uses the real resolution (126 dpi for
1600x1200 on my 17" monitor).
Then the fonts rendered by Pango are too big to fit into the rectangulars
computed by firefox itself.
I can reproduce the bug in two different situations:
1) When firefox is started outside the gnome environment (e.g., through twm),
then Pango uses the resolution autodetected by X server.
This is exactly the problem which made me to file this bug.
2) But the problem can happen within the Gnome environment, too:
Initially, all the fonts are tiny, because of bug #241232; to work around this,
the user goes to "System|Preferences|Fonts|buttton Details" and fills in the
Then firefox looks bad, as shown in the image attached to this bug, attachment
I suppose the right fix is that Firefox tells pango what resolution it uses.
Behdad, what do you think here?
Well, without pango firefox assumes a fixed 96dpi. With pango, it takes what
your xorg reports. Something like that. It may be a bug in gtk's directfb bug
setting the wrong dpi.
If firefox is unable to handle anything but 96dpi that's a firefox bug.
Clamping resolution to 96dpi is increasingly broken on laptops. And Vista
systems won't care, so desktops may go the laptop high-dpi way soon
(In reply to comment #8)
> If firefox is unable to handle anything but 96dpi that's a firefox bug.
> Clamping resolution to 96dpi is increasingly broken on laptops. And Vista
> systems won't care, so desktops may go the laptop high-dpi way soon
This is totally out of context. As I said, firefox+pango respects dpi
correctly, and ff3 even resizes images and other stuff based on dpi.
(In reply to comment #9)
> This is totally out of context.
yes, I agree that we are losing focus, and my previous comments contributed to
> As I said, firefox+pango respects dpi correctly, [...]
Unfortunately, this is not completely true. Comment #1 shows that the list
below the location box uses the right fonts, but the size of the fields used for
those fonts does not match the actual font size.
(In reply to comment #10)
> Hello Behdad,
> (In reply to comment #9)
> > This is totally out of context.
> yes, I agree that we are losing focus, and my previous comments contributed to
> > As I said, firefox+pango respects dpi correctly, [...]
> Unfortunately, this is not completely true. Comment #1 shows that the list
> below the location box uses the right fonts, but the size of the fields used for
> those fonts does not match the actual font size.
Ok, I now see what the bug is. Firefox itself (not the pango backend to it)
assumes a dpi-independent line height and hardcodes the combox height.
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