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Upgraded from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04. With 11.10, I had broken fonts. I hoped to get rid of these broken fonts with 12.04 but problem has worsened. Any solution?

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I had some problems with the code in (2), here's my edited version:

sudo su

then

dpkg -l | awk -F" " '/ttf-/ {print $2} /fonts-/ {print $2}' | while read line; do apt-get purge -y $line && apt-get install $line -y; done

(added the -y)

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Your font cache is probably messed up. Try clearing it.

To do the same, switch to tty1 using Ctrl+Alt+F1 and run:

$ sudo pkill -9 lightdm  # or whatever your desktop manager is
$ rm ~/.fontconfig/*
$ sudo rm /var/cache/fontconfig/*

You may want to reinstall font-packages fonts-* and ttf-* at this point:

$ sudo dpkg -l | awk -F" " '/ttf-/ {print $2} /fonts-/ {print $2}' | while read line; do apt-get purge -y $line && apt-get install $line -y; done

Finally, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot.

  • For some reason running the dpkg command removed all fonts but did not reinstall them and I was left with all fonts missing on my system. – Pierre Thalamy Aug 8 '18 at 12:54

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