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    FC 27 fonts too thin

    After doing an upgrade to FC 27 font are now too thin.
    I think this is at the root of the problem:

    > fc-match sans
    DejaVuSans-ExtraLight.ttf: "DejaVu Sans" "Bold"

    I've messed with $HOME/.fonts.conf to call for all my fonts to be "Bold" but still I see thin fonts in lots of places.
    I can't figure out what is causing fontconfig to chose an ExtraLight font. I've run with various settings in FC_DEBUG but all I can see is this in the debug:

    style: "ExtraLight"(w)

    Any ideas on how to force fontconfig to choose bold or at least regular fonts?

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    Re: FC 27 fonts too thin

    font handling in X11 really has come to be very bad: traditional vs truetype, some apps don't respect the DPI setting...It's generally a cluster frack. What happens if you change the X display DPI setting? Does that help?

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    Re: FC 27 fonts too thin

    Quote Originally Posted by tempest766
    font handling in X11 really has come to be very bad: traditional vs truetype, some apps don't respect the DPI setting...It's generally a cluster frack. What happens if you change the X display DPI setting? Does that help?
    Yes, I checked that X11 knew my DPI. I have Xft.dpi at 122.

    I've done more research. If I do:
    > fc-match freesans
    FreeSans.ttf: "FreeSans" "Bold"

    FreeSans displays ffififiokay.fifififi So, my problem boils down to the "Sans" fifont name not working well with FC27. I'm not sure what makes fc-match select the family DejaVu. Nothing against DejaVu, but the Extralight version is too hard too see.

    I'm trying to change over to using FreeSans everywhere that used to us Sans, but Sans should work as a font name.

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