Font problems with Netscape/XFree 3.1

Font problems with Netscape/XFree 3.1

Post by Graeme Hieber » Fri, 10 Feb 1995 02:43:16

I've been reading people's problems with XFree86 and Netscape for some
time now, but have not seen anyone mention the problem that's been
plaguing me.

It seems that Netscape (1.0N) has a habit of messing up fonts.  When
I run netscape, certain typefaces (usually bold or italic) eventually
get thrashed, where every second (horizontal) line or so becomes blank,
making it impossible to read.  If I start another application while
Netscape is running, it inherits the thrashed font.  I have never
seen the phenomenon occur when Netscape is not running.

I tried playing with the order of fonts in my XF86Config file, and
found I can reduce the effects if I put the Type 1 fonts before the
100dpi and 75dpi fonts.  However, Netscape then selects really tiny
fonts for some typefaces, and the problem does eventually appear (though
not as quickly).

I find this problem kind of puzzling.  Not only does it not seem to
attack other users, but Netscape seems to be the culprit.  I don't
understand how one program can cause damage to fonts in the X server,
when other programs do not.  It's almost as if there is a bug in the
X server that only Netscape seems to trigger.

Is this a known problem, and is there a patch somewhere to fix it?

In case it matters, I'm running the Mach32 X server from XFree86 3.1
and kernel 1.1.83 (though I've also seen the problem with kernel 1.1.18,
1.1.59, and 1.1.7?).



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