I did something extremely stupid. I'm currently working on a 10.04 system (work-related), and since I was missing some fonts I decided to simply copy some over from my own, 12.10 system. I ran

cp -R <12.10 root>/usr/share/fonts/truetype/* /usr/share/fonts/truetype/

Immediately, terminal and window header fonts got completely messed up, although chromium still shows everything correctly, as does nautilus.

How can I restore this directory? Is there anything else I have do afterwards?

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  • did you try launch this command ? fc-cache -fv – Le Libriste Oct 24 '13 at 10:12
  • It completes with "fc-cache: succeeded". Nothing changes. – user207046 Oct 24 '13 at 11:46
  • Here is the full output: pastebin.pw/y8r46n – user207046 Oct 24 '13 at 11:56
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    Glad you got if fixed but gnome-session-save - suggests it is a desktop system and 10.04 desktop is end of life ;) – Rinzwind Oct 25 '13 at 12:35
  • I know - it's just one computer that many people have used over the years, so everybody is scared of the system getting broken for when they might need it again. But I faintly remember doing the update manager doing a distro upgrade a while ago - what does that actually change, what does it leave put? – user207046 Oct 25 '13 at 15:01

Just want to add how this was resolved: Simply restarting X using

gnome-session-save --force-logout

(from an X terminal), next login everything was Ok again.

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