Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 473010
Inconsistent dpi detected value
Last modified: 2010-06-16 07:04:57 EDT
Description of problem:
After a successful installation of Fedora 10 I am first time logged in as root, dpi is detected as expected to be 96.
When I login as a user, dpi is detected as 120 - where that value comes from?
Fedora 9 was setting it to 127, Fedora 8 was setting there 110 - where this values are coming from?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 10, latest (it worked the same way in Fedora 8 and 9)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install fedora 10
2. Log in as a root
3. go to Font settings in Appearance dialog
4. See “details” - dpi set to 96
5. log out
6. log in as a user
7. go to Font settings in Appearance dialog
8. see “details”
dpi set to random value
dpi set to 96
forcing higher dpi does not give any value to the user, I don't like to have 1cm tall fonts on my screen.
I have just installed Fedora 12 on three different machines, all of them have correctly set dpi to 96.
Yet when I installed nvidia drivers, gdm started to show much larger text as it has detected dpi value larger than 96... what is the reason for that?
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Take a look at output of the command
xdpyinfo |grep resolution
That's give you dpi as reported by X server. Turns out with dual-head setups, pluggable monitors (think laptop basestations and beam projectors), LCD displays on the one hand, and almost everything on the screen being vector-based these days (most people don't use any bitmap fonts I think), this number lost much of its meaning. For some time already X server hardcoded 96dpi although drivers are free to override this value if they think so.
Which leads to the ugly conclusion that this bug should be closed as CANTFIX because we cannot do much about nvidia binary drivers. Looking on the bright side, however, there is a bug https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=378338 which guarantees you that whatever value you set up in gnome will be acknowledged as decisive.
So, the small additional price you pay for using nvidia binary drivers is that you have to set up DPI manually and it will be honored.
Closing as CANTFIX
Fair enough, thanks.