[scribus] Scribus 1.4 and DejaVu Serif Condesed Italic font issue

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Tue Jan 25 09:23:37 CET 2011

On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:41:43 +0100 (CET)
cezaryece <czarek at oferuje.pl> dijo:

>I would to ask if anyone beside me have issue with Scribus
>1.4 under Linux (in fact Kubuntu Maverick 64bit) wirt DejaVu
>Serif Condensed Italic font.
>I like DejaVu fonts family and use it lot in my designs.
>And in Scribus 1.4 I have issue with one of fonts...
>In Preferences/Fonts in font list I have TWO fonts from
>DejaVu Serif family and with Condensed Italic style.
>One is normal "DejaVu Serif Condensed Italic" font, second
>is "DejaVu Serif Condensed (DejaVuSerifCondensed-Italic)" -
>exactly this strange name.
>Opening documents using this font always invoke font
>substitution dialogbox.

In Ubuntu systems certain fonts are installed via packages, including
(I believe) the DejaVu fonts. When a font is installed by the package
it is installed in /usr/share/fonts/, which makes it globally available
for all users. To see what fonts are installed as packages open System
> Administration > Synaptic Package Manager and search on "DejaVu."

An individual user can install a font in the users ~/.fonts folder, in
which case the font will be available only to that user. (Note the
period in front of the folder name.) To install a font in your ~/.fonts
folder all you have to do is drag and drop it in there.

If you have a font installed in both locations Scribus may become
confused and show different versions of the font. 

I would recommend installing FontMatrix. It is a bit buggy, but if
there is more than one version of a font installed it will find them
all and display them. It will also give you the path to each font so
you can tell where the actual font file is located.

I hope some of that helps resolve the problem for you.

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