[cairo] When printing, chars are replaced with square graphic char

Roger rogerx.oss at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 03:51:38 PDT 2011

> On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 06:17:35PM +0930, Adrian Johnson wrote:
>On 10/09/11 15:26, Roger wrote:
>> When printing with =app-office/abiword-2.8.6-r1, chars are constantly randomly
>> being replaced by rectangle/square chars.
>> By accident, I've caught Seamonkey browser doing this today while printing -- very
>> rarely, but I think I've got a method to reproduce.
>I can't reproduce it with either AbiWord 2.8.6 or SeaMonkey 2.0.13.

I'm going to guess you're running from either Gentoo or other source install.

Forgot to mention my USE flags/configure options:

x11-libs/cairo  (X glib svg -aqua -debug -directfb -doc -drm -gallium -opengl
    -openvg -qt4 -static-libs -xcb)

www-client/seamonkey  (alsa dbus ipc linguas_en linguas_en_US methodjit webm
    -chatzilla -crypt -custom-cflags -custom-optimization -debug -libnotify
    -linguas_be -linguas_ca -linguas_cs -linguas_de -linguas_en_GB -linguas_es
    -linguas_es_AR -linguas_es_ES -linguas_fi -linguas_fr -linguas_gl -linguas_hu
    -linguas_it -linguas_ja -linguas_lt -linguas_nb -linguas_nb_NO -linguas_nl
    -linguas_pl -linguas_pt -linguas_pt_PT -linguas_ru -linguas_sk -linguas_sv
    -linguas_sv_SE -linguas_tr -linguas_zh -linguas_zh_CN -roaming
    -startup-notification -system-sqlite -wifi)

app-office/abiword  (cups grammar latex ots plugins readline spell thesaurus -collab -debug -gnome
-math -openxml -wmf -wordperfect)

(For other peoples ref, see initial post for package version info.)

Aside from Seamonkey, I've had everything else compiled with no optimizations
and -ggdb, for debugging.  Including debug configure/USE flags for awhile

>Can you print to a PostScript file and send me the output. You can also
>view the PS output with evince, gv, or gs to check if the problem is
>with the PS file.

I forgot to mention, this only occurs when printing and not exporting to
PS/PDF.  (I started using this as a backup plan for printing.)  This also
further tells me it's likely not CUPS/LPR related and probably a few other
packages can be omitted from speculation.

I would be happy to scan in my printed output or send it via SnailMail. ;-)

>You could try testing abiword with Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType/PS
>fonts to see if it is font specific. If you run fc-match "font name" it
>will tell you if it is Type 1 (pfa/pfb), TrueType, (ttf) or OpenType/PS

I will check on this tomorrow when I get time and report back.


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