12.1 Ghostscript and font rendering problem (FreeType?)

In moving from 11.3 to 12.1, I have run into a problem using the ps2pdf tool:

GPL Ghostscript 9.00: Error: Font Renderer Plugin ( FreeType ) return code = -1

and the output looks like the font is not what I expect.

Any advice about how to get the old font functionality?



There was lots of confusion among programmers on this issue. Some blame Freetype font library. Some blame ghostscript. (https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=750679)

Here is the solution, at least for opensuse 12.1 64 bit version.

Add the following repository:

Index of /factory/repo/oss

Start Yast, go to Software Management. Search for packages containing “ghostscript”.

Update them all.

Perhaps it will be safe to disable this repository after update.