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FS#1957 - Latest freetype2.1.9-1 upgrade causes font problems in KDE 3.3

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Jeremy M. (jskier) - Saturday, 01 January 2005, 18:32 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Kieslich (tobias) - Sunday, 02 January 2005, 12:42 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Current
Status Closed
Assigned To Judd Vinet (judd)
Architecture not specified
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7 Wombat
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 0
Private No


I noticed that after upgrading on both my laptop and desktop to freetype2.1.9-1 my fonts in KDE 3.3 degraded in quality everywhere. In Thunderbird the fonts were so badly out of alignment. I tried both the Bitstream and MS fonts with the same results.
I was able to temporarily fix this by downgrading to 2.1.7-1 on both machines.

this is not a KDE issue, but seems to be sourced in freetype itself
This task depends upon

Closed by  Judd Vinet (judd)
Monday, 03 January 2005, 20:14 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Tobias Kieslich (tobias) - Sunday, 02 January 2005, 12:46 GMT
Here come two screenies that show the issues in gtk2 and X11 apps (scite and mlterm)

the 2.1.9 is more blurry all the way. I don't know if that is somehow related to the bytcode patch.
For the records, the hinter settings:
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Sunday, 02 January 2005, 17:48 GMT
i disbabled bytcode patcht now it looks better
and additional i found that:

------- Additional Comment #31 From Li Zhengang 2004-12-28 07:08 PST -------
I didn't see a fix on 2.1.9-r1, neither did a manual uncomment on the bytecode interpreter macro.
Now I'm in 2.1.5-r1.
I found sth on the freetype maillist:
> I have a problem since moving to freetype2.1.9 with the bytecode
> interpreter enabled. There seems to be some blurring with fonts when
> they are approximately horizontal. Going back to freetype2.1.7
> fixes this problem. I'm not sure how much you support the bytecode
> interpreter but I thought I'd give you a heads up about this
> problem:

Pleae try the current CVS; a serious bug in the TT interpreter has
been introduced in 2.1.8 and fixed recently.

There's a 2.1.10 to be released soon according to the maillist.
We'd better wait for that.
Comment by Judd Vinet (judd) - Sunday, 02 January 2005, 23:43 GMT
Okay. Unless there is a better suggestion, I'll have to back off to 2.1.7 again.
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Monday, 03 January 2005, 08:38 GMT
patch found at gentoo webcvs:*checkout*/media-libs/freetype/files/freetype-2.1.9-fix_bci.patch

here the PKGBUILD:
# $Id: PKGBUILD,v 1.26 2004/12/13 19:05:10 judd Exp $
# Maintainer: judd <>
pkgdesc="TrueType font rendering library"
depends=('glibc' 'zlib')
source=($pkgver.tar.bz2 \
bytecode.patch freetype-2.1.9-fix_bci.patch)

build() {
cd $startdir/src/freetype-$pkgver
# enable the bytecode interpreter
patch -Np1 -i ../bytecode.patch || return 1
# fix hinting bug
patch -Np1 -i ../freetype-2.1.9-fix_bci.patch || return 1
./configure --prefix=/usr
make || return 1
make DESTDIR=$startdir/pkg install
md5sums=('ec1b903e4be5f073caa72458ea58c29c' '99ef2d11ed112baf218605a96c791858'\
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Monday, 03 January 2005, 09:12 GMT
attachment uploaded
Comment by Judd Vinet (judd) - Monday, 03 January 2005, 20:08 GMT
Thanks tpowa!