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Re: bad looking font after update

From: Robert Pluim
Subject: Re: bad looking font after update
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:58:55 +0200

>>>>> On Sun, 16 Aug 2020 14:28:47 +0200, Peter Münster <> said:

    Peter> On Fri, Aug 14 2020, Robert Pluim wrote:
    >> I guess youʼre picking up different fonts

    Peter> Yes, it seems so (whole output is in

    Peter> 26.3:
    Peter> xft:-PfEd-DejaVu Sans 
Mono-normal-normal-normal-*-21-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1 (#x0D)

    Peter> 27.1.:
    Peter> x:-misc-dejavu sans 
mono-medium-r-normal--21-152-100-100-m-130-iso8859-1 (#x2A)

Right, youʼre selecting the 'x' font backend, rather than the 'ftcr'
or 'ftcrhb' backend (which both use cairo), so youʼre not seeing nice
modern smoothed fonts.

    >> Do you have any 'font-backend' settings in your .emacs, or .Xdefaults?

    Peter> Yes:
    Peter> (set-face-attribute 'default nil :family "DejaVu Sans Mono" :height 

Thatʼs not a font-backend setting :-)

Iʼm talking about something setting the font-backend frame parameter,
either in .emacs, or .Xdefaults or perhaps your .emacs.desktop file.

Does it behave the same if you do:

emacs -Q


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