Bug 88740 - HUGE fonts for some applications on Redhat 9
Summary: HUGE fonts for some applications on Redhat 9
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fontconfig
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Owen Taylor
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Reported: 2003-04-12 20:13 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2005-10-31 22:00 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-04-13 17:54:21 UTC

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Description Need Real Name 2003-04-12 20:13:37 UTC
Description of problem:

Some fonts in some applications look HUGE.

        Just installed RH 9 on my laptop. For certain applications, the fon
ts are HUGE. For instance, I just tried to install OpenOffice 1.0.3 (after the
fonts for the default installation looked HUGE), and the dialog box text is as
large as my screen. In another application (maxima using imaxima), the same
thing happens. Somehow it seems that the default font size is set to something
like 90 pts !!

        How do I fix this ?

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

This seems to be a problem across programs. 

How reproducible:

On affected applications, every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Just run the affected application.
Actual results:

HUGE fonts.

Expected results:

Something readable.

Additional info:

See the following bug (it might be related) :


Comment 1 Owen Taylor 2003-04-13 14:47:32 UTC
Peculiar, since OpenOffice.org font drawing goes through an entirely
different path than the all the other fonts on your system... it
doesn't use fontconfig.

I know nothing about maxima/imaxima (I assume it's some 3rd party
application) but it's odd that it would have the same problem.

You might want to check what the server thinks your display resolution

 xdpyinfo | grep resolution

That should be between, say, 75 and 125 dpi. If the resolution is far
from that, then it means that something went wrong with the server's
attempt to determine the size of your monitor. You can work around this
by setting DisplaySize  in your XF86Config (see the XF86Config man page.)

(Note that we don't use this resolution for computing the size of most
fonts on the system, but it's possible that some programs like OOo
might do that.)

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2003-04-13 17:54:21 UTC
Thanks !!

That fixed it, and even resolved another bug that I had submitted (not being
able to open postscript documents because of a backing pixmap problem).

There was a line in my /etc/X11/XF86Config :

DisplaySize 11 9

That somehow translated into a resolution of something like 2000+/1500+.

I removed the offending line and now the resolution is down to 75/75.

It was interesting to see how some (not all) fonts were affected by the X server

Comment 3 Owen Taylor 2003-04-14 16:58:48 UTC
Any idea of how the DisplaySize line got there? If the installer or
redhat-config-xfree86 wrote it, that's something we need to look at.

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