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Re: Bold fonts fail to be rendered, default to normal in emacs 28

From: Patrick Poitras
Subject: Re: Bold fonts fail to be rendered, default to normal in emacs 28
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:33:57 -0700

I have solved the issue by removing the variable fonts and web fonts and
rebuilding my fc-cache. It works now!


On Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 2:20 PM Patrick Poitras <>

> Hello all,
> I am currently upgrading the emacs version for a container that me and
> some people at work use for development purposes. The current container has
> an emacs 26.3 version that is downloaded from Ubuntu's package archives. In
> the spirit of progress, I am trying to get emacs 28 (compiled "manually")
> working in the container to push it to everyone but am having some issues
> with the font rendering.
> When trying to render bold text, such as the name of the file in the tab
> bar, or *in between asterisks* in org mode it defaults to (using C-u C-x =
> to get the font used)
> xft:-JB-JetBrains Mono-*-normal-normal-*-16-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1 for the
> font to render.
> In emacs 26 using identical configuration files (and identical system,
> really), the same character is rendered using
> xft:-JB-JetBrains Mono-bold-normal-normal-*-16-*-*-*-m-0-iso10646-1
> I am seeking help in troubleshooting the issue, as I have reached the end
> of what I am able to find about this. Please let me know if there are any
> debugging steps I can do or any further information I can provide. I have
> access to both sessions for comparison purposes.
> I have tried alternative compilation options, adding --with-x --with-xft
> --without-harfbuzz and -with-x-toolkit, without success. It used to use
> another font renderer than xft at first, whose name now escapes me. (I
> think it started with f and was roughly 6 characters long)
> If this isn't the right place for this, please let me know and I will
> redirect my questions.
> Cheers,
> Patrick

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