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FS#57883 - [xosd] missing runtime dependency

Attached to Project: Community Packages
Opened by lvs (refracted_manifold) - Sunday, 18 March 2018, 08:41 GMT
Last edited by Antonio Rojas (arojas) - Monday, 09 September 2019, 17:22 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages
Status Assigned   Reopened
Assigned To Sergej Pupykin (sergej)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
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Due in Version Undecided
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Votes 1
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Description: In an attempt to remove packages I never used, I noticed that osd_cat from xosd stopped working after uninstalling xorg-fonts-misc.

Looking at xosd's code I noticed that osd_cat sets a default font to "-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--*-*-*-*-c-*-*-*" and if that font isn't found osd_cat fails with: "Error initializing osd: Default font not found". You can't get around this by using the "--font=FONT" option, as the code checks for the default font first and errors out if the font isn't found without even considering the user supplied font.

So xosd in its current form needs a package that supplies "-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--*-*-*-*-c-*-*-*" (I'm not aware if there are packages other than xorg-fonts-misc that supply it) for osd_cat to run.

* package version: xosd 2.2.14-8

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Comment by Charles Banas (greyfade) - Monday, 09 September 2019, 17:22 GMT
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xorg-fonts-misc does not seem to provide the "fixed" font any more, and xosd is unusable as a result.
Comment by Sergej Pupykin (sergej) - Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 18:48 GMT
That is strange:

$ cd /usr/share/fonts/misc

$ grep -E '^fixed' fonts.alias
fixed -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1

$ grep '\-misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1' fonts.dir
6x13-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso8859-1

$ pacman -Qo 6x13-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz
/usr/share/fonts/misc/6x13-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz is owned by xorg-fonts-misc 1.0.3-6
Comment by Arthur Huillet (ahuillet) - Saturday, 25 September 2021, 16:17 GMT
This is still a problem with xorg-fonts-misc-otb, but rebuilding libxosd with default font string "6x13" instead of the one used seems to workaround the problem.