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Re: Re: RenderBadPicture error while running Mathematica 6 on Linux

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  • Subject: [mg89039] Re: [mg88997] Re: RenderBadPicture error while running Mathematica 6 on Linux
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 03:54:46 -0400 (EDT)
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The font problem with showing Text cells comes from the fact that Ubuntu
Hardy's default font distribution is such that no decent Times-like font
that Mathematica is expecting is installed on the system by default.  If
changing the Qt libraries affects this (it's not clear to me whether
you're implying it does or not), then it's merely an accident of how
Qt's most degenerate case of font handling is working, I suspect.

In any case, you can evaluate the following bit of code to have Mathematica use 
"Bitstream Vera Sans" as the default Times-type font...

AppendTo[CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, FontSubstitutions], 
 "Utopia" -> "Bitstream Vera Serif"]

We'll soon be releasing a 6.0.3 which has, among other things, some fixes for 
Hardy and Fedora Core 9 so that things work better out of the box.  It still
won't be perfect, I think, but things should be fairly improved.

Thanks for pointing to the launchpad site.  I'm not sure any developers here
were aware of the discussion going on there.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Fri, 23 May 2008 03:07:54 -0400 (EDT), William O. Bray wrote:
> I have tried the starting Mathematica with
> env XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 mathematica
> However, the fonts are not very clear. Another solution which works
> nicely on Ubuntu Hardy is to delete the libraries
> Path to Mathematica/SystemFiles/Libraries/Linux/
> and
> Then create symlinks to the same libs on the system, so in Ubunutu
> sudo ln -s /usr/lib/
> PathtoMathematica/SystemFiles/Libraries/Linux/
> and the same for
> If you are on 64 bit the directory Linux would be replaced with Linux-x86-
> 64
> More info on this bug/solution can be found at

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