Bug 520056 - Automatic font addition dialog problematic
Summary: Automatic font addition dialog problematic
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-terminal
Version: 11
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Behdad Esfahbod
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-08-28 07:26 UTC by Tim
Modified: 2010-06-28 14:21 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-06-28 14:21:00 UTC
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Description Tim 2009-08-28 07:26:08 UTC
Description of problem:

When displaying the content of a file with binary data, gnome-terminal often tries to interpret the data as some kind of text encoding and offers to let the user download an appropriate font. Although this may be helpful at times, it can be annoying if the data is not encoded text.

My suggestion is to make this configurable and simply provide information about how to search/install new fonts in the Help. Perhaps the dialog could be the default, but have a "Never show me this again" checkbox, though you'd want a way, in the preferences, to turn it back on again. too.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Easily if you have a file with the right (wrong?) data

Steps to Reproduce:
1. cat a binary file
Actual results:

Garbage to the screen, perhaps, then followed by dialog boxes offering to install some fonts.

Expected results:

Just the data

Additional info:

It's a curiosity that the fonts offered are often N'Ko, Coptic, Divehi, and Syriac. Perhaps the magic numbers of the files I sometimes display are all present in those encoding schemes. It seems odd that the first three usually appear in one dialog box, but Syriac is in a second box.

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