[scribus] Font oddities

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Sun Nov 21 04:07:50 CET 2010

On Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:54:37 -0800
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> dijo:

>Scribus 1.3.8 and Fontmatrix 0.6.99 on Fedora 13, x86_64.
>Two perplexing issues:
>1) Scribus finds the following fonts, which do not exist on the
>computer, as far as I can tell:
>A filesystem search on Hershey turned up nothing, although the file
>name could be something else. More interestingly, Fontmatrix does not
>find them. Note: Fontmatrix crashes if any fonts are modified or
>deleted while it is running. And it does not refresh the font list
>when it is launched unless you manually delete the .Fontmatrix folder
>to force it to rebuild its list of fonts. I deleted the .Fontmatrix
>folder, but Fontmatrix still does not see any fonts named Hershey.
>Even more interesting, applying any of the Hershey fonts to text in
>Scribus causes the text to appear as all underscores in the canvas.
>Google turned up a website which lists even more Hershey fonts and says
>they are "fonts converted from Hershey outlines." Apparently the site
>lists Type 1 fonts to be used with Ghostscript.
>Any elucidation is welcome.

Never mind, I finally found them. They are all .pfa files
in /usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript/. 

The only question is why they suddenly appear in Scribus. They never
used to. And no other application sees them.

They are also singularly hideous.

I went into Preferences > Fonts and unchecked them all so Scribus will
not use them.

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