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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:22 pm    Post subject: PBM: xscreensaver cannot find font alternatives Reply with quote

Hi all.

I've just upgraded my Gentoo laptop and now I can see xscreensaver throws the following warnings with my currently selected "module" (flurry):
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xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-*-180-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-*-140-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-*-140-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-*-140-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-courier-medium-r-*-*-*-140-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-medium-r-*-*-*-80-*-*-*-iso8859-1"
xscreensaver: unable to find any alternatives to "-*-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-*-120-*-*-*-iso8859-1"

I have seen this issue in arch from the forum but I cannot seem to figure out how to fix this when applying the solution to Gentoo. I have installed package "media-fonts/freefonts" but it doesn't help. I've also tried to tweak /usr/share/fonts/misc/fonts.alias but it didn't help either (I scrapped my changes).

I guess it's all got to do with providing font aliases such as *-helvetica-* or something but I don't really understand how it works. How can I fix those warnings?

Thanks a lot in advance for any hint/suggestion.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should install x11-base/xorg-x11[fonts]. Requires some extra disk space, but works.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Try with media-fonts/font-adobe-100dpi
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Xavier and kurisu. Will try that. This said, is it not possible to define aliases for those missing fonts?

EDIT: I tried media-fonts/font-adobe-100dpi but it doesn't seem to work. I ran xset fp rehash as suggested, killed then restarted the screen saver daemon, no change. I find it weird as I have media-fonts/liberation-fonts installed, which provides Helvetica/Times/Courier replacement fonts... I guess the requested sizes (120, 140 & 180) does cause troubles.

kurisu wrote:
You should install x11-base/xorg-x11[fonts]. Requires some extra disk space, but works.

I may be dumb but I don't find such package :?
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