Anti aliased fonts in FBSD

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at
Wed Dec 3 22:27:49 PST 2003

On Thu, 2003-12-04 at 01:17, Bernard El-Hagin wrote:
> owner-freebsd-questions at wrote:
> >On Thu, 2003-12-04 at 00:46, Bernard El-Hagin wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> 
> >>   When I install some appliactions from ports they have nice
> >> anti-aliased fonts by default (gaim, for example). Unfortunately others
> >> do not (most notably gVim and also LinCVS, both of which are capable of
> >> using them). Where exactly is this governed? How do I tell applications
> >> to always use anti-aliased fonts? I am running CURRENT.
> >
> >There's a section on this in the FreeBSD handbook:
> >
> >
> Thanks to that section of the handbook I have enabled anti-aliased fonts
> in X, but it doesn't explain why some applications use those fonts by
> default and others don't. That's my real problem.

Yes it does.  The last paragraph states:

"Anti-aliasing should be enabled the next time the X server is started.
However, programs must know how to take advantage of it. At present, the
Qt toolkit does, so the entire KDE environment can use anti-aliased
fonts (see Section on KDE for details). Gtk+ and GNOME can also
be made to use anti-aliasing via the ``Font'' capplet (see Section for details). By default, Mozilla 1.2 and greater will
automatically use anti-aliasing. To disable this, rebuild Mozilla with
the -DWITHOUT_XFT flag."

So, do you have gVim built with gtk+-2 support, and have you done what
section tells you for KDE/Qt apps (i.e. set QT_XFT to true)?


> Cheers,
> Bernard
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