[mythtv-users] Font niggle in 'buntu xenial MythCenter-wide

John Pilkington J.Pilk at tesco.net
Sun Oct 8 16:22:10 UTC 2017

Re-sending to list:  I hope that's ok.

On 08/10/17 11:19, Paul Harrison wrote:
> On 08/10/17 10:42, John Pilkington wrote:
>> On 07/10/17 15:18, Peter Bennett wrote:
>>> On 10/07/2017 07:21 AM, John Pilkington wrote:
>>>> I posted about this when xenial was in beta, but got no comeback. It 
>>>> was irksome recently when the frontend, or perhaps mythtv-setup, was 
>>>> repeatedly trying to restart, and I did more digging yesterday.
>>>> On starting the frontend I got a pageful of errors about
>>>> Could not load "Droid Sans", loading "DejaVu Sans" instead.
>>>> With that replacement automatically loaded the theme looks fine; the 
>>>> only difference I notice from my el7 box is in the lower-case 'g'
>>>> "Droid Sans" is specified in MythCenter-wide osd.xml and base.xml 
>>>> It's in the mythtv tarball, but in xenial repos I can only find 
>>>> droid-sans-fallback, which seems to be about oriental scripts; see
>>>> /usr/share/doc/fonts-droid-fallback/README.Debian
>>>> If I try to uninstall that, most of mythtv goes too.  I haven't done 
>>>> a comprehensive search and I suppose Droid Sans might be in some 
>>>> mythtv-'buntu package that I have chosen not to install.  At present 
>>>> there are 7 Droid entries in /usr/share/mythtv, all broken links.
>>>> For a quieter life I have edited my copy of the theme in ~/.mythtv 
>>>> to use "DejaVu Sans" immediately - but not on my RH-based systems. 
>>>> Is there a general fix?
>>>> John P
>>>> _______________________________________________
>>> The fonts are in git, in the mythtv/themes/fonts directory. "make 
>>> install" puts them into /usr/share/mythtv/fonts. I have a bunch of 
>>> ttf files there including seven Droid fonts. I don't know from which 
>>> package these are installed, but I assume there is something wrong 
>>> with your build or your packages if the fonts are not there.
>>> Peter
>> This is v29.0-39-gdabbbbe from the PPA
>> mythtv-common has Depends:
>>         ...
>>         fonts-liberation | ttf-liberation,
>>          fonts-droid-fallback | fonts-droid | ttf-droid,
>>          ttf-dejavu,
>>         ...
>> I reinstalled the fonts-droid-fallback package, which doesn't provide 
>> the links.  fonts-droid and ttf-droid are apparently not found, which 
>> explains why trying to uninstall fonts-droid-fallback would remove all 
>> of myth.
>> It looks to me as if the package builder script is not trying to 
>> connect to the fonts directory in git mythtv/themes/fonts
>> John
> The deb packages have a similar problem they try to be to smart and 
> break stuff in the process.
> A clean MythTV install from source will as Peter points out install it's 
> own fonts in /usr/share/mythtv/fonts but some packagers don't like that 
> and try to create symlinks to the system installed versions of the fonts 
> which is fine if they exist but breaks things if they don't.
> You should just be able to copy all the fonts from 
> https://github.com/MythTV/mythtv/tree/master/mythtv/themes/fonts into 
> /usr/share/mythtv/fonts to fix things (some may already exist and some 
> will be broken symlinks).
> Another probably better fix may be to try to fix the broken links by 
> putting copies of the missing fonts in /usr/share/fonts/truetype/droid/
> Paul H.
Thanks for the suggestion, Paul.  I copied the seven files from my el7 
BUILD directory to sit at the far end of the links - but it wasn't a 
success and fell back to a grey (mythbuntu default?) theme.  synaptic 
showed warnings against several of the myth packages too.  I guess some 
signature was wrong, although KFontViewer seems untroubled.  I can live 
with DejaVu for now, and have removed the copied files to stop them 
being used as system defaults. :-)

Just upgraded to v29.0-40


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