[arch-general] Firefox fonts are not anti-aliased after installing xorg-fonts-100dpi

Jan Steffens jan.steffens at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 00:04:16 EDT 2012

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Ankur Sethi <get.me.ankur at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I recently installed emacs-color-theme from AUR which, for some reason, required
> xorg-fonts-100dpi. After installing xorg-fonts-100dpi, some websites in Firefox
> no longer have antialiased fonts. For example, this is what the Mozilla
> Developer Center looks like on my computer:
>        http://imagebin.org/203464
> I see the same issue on Twitter, Hacker News and several blogs. Removing
> xorg-fonts-100dpi fixes the issue.
> I've checked my installed pacakges and I have all the web fonts that are
> recommended by the Arch Wiki. In any case, I don't think missing fonts are the
> issue here. The same websites that look wonky in Firefox work well on both
> Chrome and Opera.
> Secondly, the emacs-color-theme package from AUR works just fine without
> xorg-fonts-100dpi. I don't understand why that is listed as a dependency in the
> So can someone enlighten me? Why does emacs-color-theme require
> xorg-fonts-100dpi, and why does installing xorg-fonts-100dpi make Firefox sad?
> --
> Ankur Sethi

Try the following:
sudo ln -s ../conf.avail/70-no-bitmaps.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d

That should reject bitmap fonts in all applications using fontconfig.

To revert this change:
sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf

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