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Re: Fonts on Arch Linux

From: Andrew Bernard
Subject: Re: Fonts on Arch Linux
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 22:09:36 +1000

Thanks Aaron. I didn't give an MWE as it was a preliminary probe to
see if this is a known issue.

Here's the code in question:

  #(define fonts
      #:roman "Linux Libertine O"
      #:sans "Linux Biolinum O"
      #:typewriter "Linux Libertine Mono O"
      #:factor (/ staff-height pt 20)

However, I have only recently moved to Arch, so I am setting up all
anew. After a) going nuts and b) exploring everything there is to be
known about fontconfig, I tried deleting all files in ~/.cache, which
includes a lot of fontconfig cache data. Now the issue has gone away.
I suspect, but I can't be sure that this is a subtle issue - the Linux
Libertine and Biolinum original font site seems to have been defunct
for a long time, and while setting up my new system I had to source
the fonts from a whole lot of dubious free font download sites, and
the all seem to be different all in different ways. I think I just had
a bad set of font data cached. Possibly. but clearing the cache solved

I do not know what happened to the original source of these fonts.
They are veyr fine,. and Biolinum is a very good stand in for Optima.


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