[ltp] Linux Mandrake 9.1 and tiny fonts

Richard Neill linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sun, 04 May 2003 05:46:37 +0100

Dear All,

I wonder if anyone can help with this - it seems very weird to me!

I'm on a Thinkpad A22, 15" display at 1600x1200. This means that the 
default fonts are tiny. In Mandrake 9.0 and earlier, it was sufficient 
to add "DisplaySize 304 228" in the Monitor section of XF86Config-4.
But in 9.1, Mandrake have replaced XftConfig by something else 
(/etc/fonts/fonts.conf, fontconfig-config) - this isn't especially well 
documented either.

What is the correct thing to change?
(yes, I know I could just increase the default font sizes everywhere, 
but then I have trouble if I want to print anything.)

Here's the weird part - my experimentations for the last 3 hours:

If (within KDE), I use gnome-font-properties, then click on Details, 
then change DPI from 96 to 137, this sorts out all subsequently launched 
applications, whether they are KDE or GNOME apps. However, such a change 
is not persistent - after ending X, I find I'm back to tiny fonts.

Next time I start KDE,
1)The fonts are tiny
2)I do the gnome-font-properties and the setting is already 137, but the 
act of running it fixes subsequent applications.
3) however the kicker and desktop are still using tiny fonts.
The only relevant file that seems to change is .fonts.cache-1
(by using find /home/rjn -mmin -5 -print)

Any ideas?

Thanks a lot


P.S. I'm writing this all up - I'll post the web page when done....
(Impressions so far - nice, but not perfect)