I am having some difficulty understanding some issues with dia, perhaps better posted as two questions, however I do get the impression that they are related in gnome somehow; they are as follows:

  1. When I copy text to the system clipboard from vim, it is not readable by the paste function in dia.

  2. When I output a .png file from dia, the characters of each line appear piled up on top of each other. Whilst writing this question, I have created a a small file to demonstrate the issue and I now see that the text is spaced correctly excepting that it is of the wrong length; there would appear to be a translation issue in the font scaling, or something similar.

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Why is this?
How can I export the text into the png files in a more predictable way?

Thank you for your generous consideration and for any eventual assistance.

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I have found an answer to my own question, I will leave it to the moderators discretion as to whether or not to delete these posts.

Within the dia preferences there is an option for the preferred png translator; the default is called cairo PNG the issue is solved by using Pixbuf[png]. Apparently I need to learn more about the use and options of the system bus to understand the copy paste behaviour.

Thank you for your time if you are reading this.

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