After I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 I have a problem with the fonts in some apps. When I use gvim or fontconfig, all the fonts available look the same. It doesn't matter which one I chose, it always defaults to the same ugly default. When I try to choose a different font in gnome-terminal preferences, it crashes.

Font usage in libreoffice is fine.

I have removed all the files in /var/cache/fontconfig. I issued fc-cache -r. I removed ~/.fonts directory. I uninstalled and reinstalled all the ttf-* packages and some more.

What else can I try ?

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Removing the following packages fixed this for me:

  • libpango1.0-common (1.28.2-0ubuntu1.1)
  • pango-graphite (0.9.3-0.2ubuntu1)

I solved it uninstalling pango-graphite and pango libs.

gnome-terminal just crashed and among all the libs listed in the dump, there was something about libpango. I checked what package provided it using:

dpkg -S /path/to/thelib.so

( Sorry I don't type the exact file, I couldn't write it down )

Then I removed the package and the fonts suddenly worked again. Maybe it was an old lib that kept around from an old installation. Other Ubuntu desktops I own don't have this libs installed.

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    pango-graphite seemed to be the only thing I had to remove.
    – tsbertalan
    Sep 3, 2013 at 16:43

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