What fonts do I need to install on Ubuntu in order to see special characters (💋 for example)?

  • Please provide some more information. Where did you find these fonts? Any website? – green Sep 17 '12 at 16:46
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    In Wikipedia, in the languages section – Eduardo Sep 17 '12 at 16:47
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    This isn't a "font" issue, this is an encoding issue. – Dan Sep 17 '12 at 16:50
  • I can't see the cyrillic alphabet in the russian pages, and the japanese alphabet too – Eduardo Sep 17 '12 at 16:52
  • Provide a link to the page. – green Sep 17 '12 at 17:00

Well apparently this was a "fonts" problem for specific languages.

Visit this Wikipedia page: List of ISO 639-1 codes and check the languages that aren't working for you.

I had the same issue for the Tibetan language which were showing those squares instead of the actual character. Installing the package fonts-tibetan-machine fixed the problems for that exact language.

sudo apt-get install fonts-tibetan-machine 

So in order to fix the other languages, you need to install the necessary font package for that language.

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