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Re: Writer's font menu

#31 Post by wtb » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:24 am

I ran fc-list. I put the output into a table, and I sorted the table. All but 2 fonts of fc-list's output are in Writer's font menu. Those 2 missing fonts are Dingbats and Open Symbols. I see no reason for those 2 missing fonts not to have gotten into Writer's font menu. Has anybody an idea re the source of the problem?

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Re: Writer's font menu

#32 Post by wtb » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:34 am

Correction: The 2 missing fonts are Dingbats and Standard Symbols. Sorry.

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Re: Writer's font menu

#33 Post by Utopia » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:33 am

Did you check the permissions of the Dingbats and Standard Symbols fonts? In all places where they occur.
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Re: Writer's font menu

#34 Post by wtb » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:35 pm

Henry:

The permissions on Dingbats and Standard Symbols is the same as that on the other fonts that are in Writer's font menu. Those permissions are:

Owner can Read and Write
Group can Read
Others can Read

Something must be wrong with those 2 fonts.

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Re: Writer's font menu

#35 Post by Utopia » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:42 pm

Something must be wrong with those 2 fonts.
Or the gsfonts package. One solution I've seen when people are trying to fix ghostscript font bugs, is creating a symbolic link from the font to ghostscript. Some experimenting must be done to find the right places to link.
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Re: Writer's font menu

#36 Post by Jerry3904 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:22 am

My first thought in this direction would be to create a softlink from

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/usr/share/ghostscript/8.71/Resource/Font/Dingbats/
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/usr/share/fonts/truetype/
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Re: Writer's font menu

#37 Post by wtb » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:12 am

I have some good news to report. I will report first what did NOT work:

This stuff did NOT work:
I launched the Konsole and logged in as root. I then created these 2 soft links: (1) /home/bb/.fonts/d0500001.afm and (2) /home/bb/.fonts/d0500001.pfb

Each of those links pointed to the corresponding file in /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts/

Each link file shows root as owner. I clicked on the link file ending in .pfb. I got this message: "Could not read font." I then launched Writer, and as I expected, Dingbats was not in the font menu.

This stuff DID work:
Logged into the Konsole as root, I executed this command: ln -s /usr/share/ghostscript/9.02/Resource/Font/Dingbats /home/bb/.fonts/Dingbats

I clicked on the link file, and the Dingbats font displayed. So far; so good. I rebooted the computer, and then launched Writer. By golly, Dingbats is in the font menu, and I inserted some Dingbats characters into a Writer document. That procedure worked for Dingbats; so it also should work for Standard Symbols.

Thanks to Henry, Jerry3904, and everyone else who offered suggestions as to the source of the problem and a workaround.

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Re: Writer's font menu

#38 Post by Jerry3904 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:16 am

That's great, but what a hassle, huh?! For most users, it "just works" so I guess you are just *special.*
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Re: Writer's font menu

#39 Post by Utopia » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:30 am

Shows you should never give up. Good to hear you fixed it.
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Re: Writer's font menu

#40 Post by lucky9 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:36 pm

I'm fairly certain that this solution will come in handy for others. Thanks for the update (with solution) for your problem.
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