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    Default After 12.3 upgrade, some apps do not show text, only boxes

    openSUSE v12.3
    gnome v3.6.2

    After the upgrade from 12.2 to 12.3, some applications (Maginfier, Acrobat Reader) do not display text anymore. What shows are vertical rectangular boxes where the text would otherwise be.

    Usually such behavior indicates the inability of the font system to translate a character set. But since the same apps were fine in 12.2, I suspect there is something else happening.

    Any ideas how to fix this?

    I expect this should provide a clue:
    Code:
    $ acroread &
    [1] 3118
    
    $ Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "atk-bridge"
    (acroread:3118): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "oxygen-gtk",
    (acroread:3118): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "adwaita",
    (acroread:3118): Pango-CRITICAL **: No modules found:
    No builtin or dynamically loaded modules were found.
    PangoFc will not work correctly.
    This probably means there was an error in the creation of:
      '/etc/pango/pango.modules'
    You should create this file by running:
      pango-querymodules > '/etc/pango/pango.modules'
    (acroread:3118): Pango-WARNING **: failed to choose a font, expect ugly output. engine-type='PangoRenderFc', script='common'
    (acroread:3118): Pango-WARNING **: failed to choose a font, expect ugly output. engine-type='PangoRenderFc', script='latin'
    Hmm. Yes. </etc/pango/> is an empty directory.

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    Default Re: After 12.3 upgrade, some apps do not show text, only boxes

    Gentoo forums recommend installing
    pango-tools-32bit - Library for Layout and Rendering of Text -- Tools
    Gentoo Forums :: View topic - Pango problem, 32/64bit (solved)
    GNOME Version 3.20.2
    openSUSE Leap 42.3 64-bit

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    Default Re: After 12.3 upgrade, some apps do not show text, only boxes

    Known bug:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=792646

    You can fix this by reinstalling the package libpango1-1_0-0-32bit

    Or run the following in a terminal as root:
    Code:
    pango-querymodules --update-cache
    Or wait for the online update...

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    Default Re: [FIXED] After 12.3 upgrade, some apps do not show text, only boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Known bug:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=792646
    You can fix this by reinstalling the package libpango1-1_0-0-32bit
    Well, that was a disaster. I'm sure I selected the incorrect options. To re-install I thought to remove libpango1-1_0-0-32bit, then install it again. It removed a whole load of stuff, added 2.5 GB more of other. And when it was finished, the system could not load the login screen. Splat!

    I (re-) updated to 12.3. This time, after 3 hours of installation and updates, the boxes are gone and text is displayed as I would expect. Sheesh. All the stuff that was added from above was, fortunately, removed.

    Or run the following in a terminal as root:
    Code:
    pango-querymodules --update-cache
    That made no difference which is why I tried the remove/add scenario.

    Or wait for the online update...
    That would have been smarter.

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    Default AW: Re: [FIXED] After 12.3 upgrade, some apps do not show text, only boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by jimoe666 View Post
    Well, that was a disaster. I'm sure I selected the incorrect options. To re-install I thought to remove libpango1-1_0-0-32bit, then install it again.
    Sorry to hear that... Looks like half of your system got switched to 32bit to satisfy dependencies.

    You should have right-clicked on the package in yast and selected "Update unconditionally".

    But I don't know why pango-querymodules hasn't worked for you. Did fine here...

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