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Re: set-default-font

From: Robert Pluim
Subject: Re: set-default-font
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:52:44 +0200

>>>>> On Thu, 27 Aug 2020 19:39:38 -0700, David Masterson 
>>>>> <> said:

    David> David Masterson <> writes:
    >> Eli Zaretskii <> writes:
    >>> Maybe the original build was with GTK, and this one, with Lucid,
    >>> doesn't have the nice font selection dialog?  What you describe is the
    >>> Emacs's internal fallback which shows fonts known in advance to exist,
    >>> with no relation to the font back-end in use.  This "not nice" menu is
    >>> shown if x-select-font function is not available.
    >> Ah, I'll investigate that.  Sounds like I need to install another
    >> library.  Thanks.

    David> Followup: from the code in xfns.c, it appears that x-select-font is 
    David> defined if you are using GTK and FreeType. With Lucid, you get the
    David> internal fallback.

    David> Maybe I'll try rebuilding with GTK.

If youʼre feeling doubly adventurous, install the cairo-dev packages
as well, and configure --with-cairo (on some more recent Linux
distributions, installing gtk-dev gets you cairo-dev automatically).


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