Luxi Mono and recent KDE

Marcus mathpup at
Wed Jan 19 21:47:45 GMT 2005

I asked a Trolltech person about this issue. He told me that the problem
seems to be related to fontconfig. Specifically, fontconfig reports that Luxi-Mono
is monospaced in normal, italic/slated, and bold-italic/slated, but for some reason,
fontconfig believe that the bold-normal variant is proportionally spaced. I could
not find anything in the pfa or afm files that would explain the behavior though.
In any case, because the normal-bold variant is flagged as proportional, KDE
considers the whole bold as proportional.

My distro supplies the Luxi family in both Type1 and TrueType. Apparently,
fontconfig gets the TrueType version correct, so hand-deleting the Type1
version seems to work around the problems.

Also, on my system, "monospaced" is very different from Luxi Mono.

> I havent even upgraded KDE and dont have luxi-mono listed either but you will 
> find it is there as the default font called 'Monospace'. Stephen is correct 
> it is not a KDE issue but would most likely have changed when you last 
> upgraded your distro or X and is due to the fontconfig definition file.
> If you open the font window in Konsole and carefully position your windows so 
> that you can open the controlcentre fonts window and go to change the general 
> font so you have another font selector window open that shows all fonts you 
> will see when you make them the same point size that 'Monospace' and 
> 'Luxi-Mono' are indeed the same font even down to the serifs on the T and the 
> peculiar 'm'. 
>       Of course there is no such font called 'Monospace' the same as there is 
> no such fonts as 'Sans' or 'Serif' they are aliases that can vary according 
> to the fonts that your distro supplies and the order it searches your font 
> folders although they are now uniform over the major distros.
> I dont see why it doesnt list the original name as well though.  Possibly once 
> it has used it as the alias it ignores it or it could be that (on my system) 
> according to the FontMap there are both TT and Type1 copies of Luxi-Mono and 
> that may confuse it.
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