The infinality patchset aims to greatly improve font rendering in freetype2 and friends. It adds multiple new capabilities.
Infinality's settings are configurable at runtime via environment variables and include the following:
- Emboldening Enhancement: Disables Y emboldening, which may improve results on fonts without bold versions (native TT hinter, autohinter).
- Auto-Autohint: Automatically forces autohint on fonts that contain no TT instructions.
- Autohint Enhancement: Makes autohint snap horizontal stems to pixels. Gives a result that appears like a well-hinted truetype font.
- Customized FIR Filter: Select filter values at run-time (native TT hinter, auto-hinter).
- Stem Alignment: Aligns bitmap glyphs to pixel boundaries. Works on native TT hinter and autohinter.
- Pseudo Gamma Correction: Lighten and darken glyphs at a given value, below a given size (native TT hinter, autohinter).
- Embolden Thin Fonts: Embolden thin or light fonts so that they are more visible (autohinter).
- Force Slight Hinting: Force slight hinting even when programs want full hinting.
- ChromeOS Style Sharpening: ChromeOS uses a patch to sharpen the look of fonts. This is now included in the infinality patchset.
See the README for details.
A number of presets are included and can be used by setting the USE_STYLE variable in
Variables should be set in
/etc/profile.d/infinality-settings.sh. See infinality-settings.sh for a template.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Configuration
- 3 Troubleshooting
- 4 See also
Infinality-bundle is a collection of software aiming to improve text rendering in Arch Linux by bohoomil.
Currently, the bundle comprises:
- freetype2-infinality-ultimate – Infinality and additional patches. built with
- fontconfig-infinality-ultimate – CHANGELOG for a list of changes. optimized for use with freetype2-infinality-ultimate, including separate configuration presets for free (default), MS and custom font collections. See
- cairo-infinality-ultimate – built with Ubuntu and additional patches.
- jdk8-openjdk-infinality – with infinality patch applied.
A complementary repository infinality-bundle-fonts is available, offering a selection of typefaces needed to create and reproduce hypertext documents. All fonts are fully freely available and licensed under GPL, OFL, Apache or compatible, non-restrictive licenses.
By default, no additional configuration is required. To customize bundle settings, see #Configuration.
The installation consists of adding the selected repositories to
pacman.conf and installing the packages from the relevant groups or meta packages. Remember to restart the X server after the installation to see the changes.
- The infinality-bundle repository contains core packages gathered into the infinality-bundle group.
- The infinality-bundle-multilib repository contains optional multilib libraries for the x86_64 architecture gathered in the infinality-bundle-multilib group.
- The infinality-bundle-fonts repository contains a comprehensive collection of free fonts gathered in the ibfonts-meta-base, ibfonts-meta-extended and ibfonts-meta-extended-lt meta packages.
If you want to install even more fonts, there is an additional infinality-bundle-fonts-extra collection. Run
$ pacman -Ss infinality-bundle-fonts-extra
to list available packages.
As of 2016-04, the following AUR packages containing (mainly Bohoomil's) Infinality patches are available:
- In AUR (IcedTea JDK7), the Infinality patch is already included, so all the maintainer did was setting --enable-infinality=yes.
Although these packages are using the same source of patches as Bohoomil's repo does, they often target a specific commit in Bohoomil's repo and can be lagging behind. The packagers may also have their own ideas on what patches to apply.
BesidesAUR, it is recommended to also install AUR to enable selection of predefined font substitution styles and antialiasing settings, apart from the rendering settings of the engine itself.
Fonts with restricted licenses
Below you will find a list of fonts that cannot be freely redistributed and thus could not be included in the infinality-bundle-fonts collection as binary packages. However, they can still be installed and used free of charge under specified conditions. Source packages can be found in the AUR. Please, read the EULAs for details before you use the fonts!
Xft and FreeType settings
Settings should duplicate those found in the Xft configuration file (
Xft.antialias: 1 Xft.autohint: 0 Xft.dpi: 96 Xft.hinting: 1 Xft.hintstyle: hintfull Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault Xft.rgba: rgb
Aside from these values you can modify
INFINALITY_FT environment variables. For example:
# Makes fonts darker and thicker export INFINALITY_FT_BRIGHTNESS="-10" # Not too sharp, not too smooth export INFINALITY_FT_FILTER_PARAMS="16 20 28 20 16"
Infinality-patched fontconfig provides a different set of example/avail and default configurations. There are also multiple presets available. Run
fc-presets help for more information.
For example, it is possible to skip installation of infinality-bundle-fonts if you want to use Microsoft proprietary font collection instead. If this is the case, you have to activate fontconfig MS preset to ensure the correct set of fonts is selected. To do so, issue
# fc-presets set
1) combi 2) free 3) ms 4) reset 5) quit Enter your choice...
If you would rather use a custom font collection, there is a
combi preset available that should let you adjust fontconfig parameters accordingly. When you activate the
combi preset, the content of 'custom' configuration files (
/etc/fonts/conf.avail.infinality/combi) can be freely modified. When you are done, do not forget to create a backup copy of the 'combi' directory.
To override default font substitutions set in
/etc/fonts/conf.d/37-repl-global-preset.conf or add new ones, use
/etc/fonts/conf.d/35-repl-custom.conf to do so. You will need to duplicate the template (16 lines of code) for each font family to be replaced and provide appropriate font names.
See also Font configuration#Troubleshooting.
When experiencing font rendering issues with Spotify , try the following font settings:
USE_STYLE="2" export INFINALITY_FT_FRINGE_FILTER_STRENGTH="50" export INFINALITY_FT_USE_VARIOUS_TWEAKS="true" export INFINALITY_FT_CHROMEOS_STYLE_SHARPENING_STRENGTH="20" export INFINALITY_FT_GAMMA_CORRECTION="30 80" export INFINALITY_FT_STEM_ALIGNMENT_STRENGTH="25" export INFINALITY_FT_STEM_FITTING_STRENGTH="25"
To solve rendering issues in Google Chrome , edit
/etc/fonts/fonts.conf file and uncomment the following entry:
<!--match target="pattern"> <edit name="dpi" mode="assign"> <double>72</double> </edit> </match-->
Emacs users have reported issues with Noto Sans as the default sans-serif font. This will affect any font face that specifies "Sans Serif" as the font family including the variable-pitch face that is used in Emacs Info mode.
Noto Sans is a collection of many individual language specific font files. Emacs does not find the correct version when it tries to render the font and displays glyphs instead.
To get around the issue you need to either specify a different default Sans Serif font for all applications or modify the font family for any faces that specify "Sans Serif" within Emacs.
To change the default font for all applications place the following:
<alias> <family>sans-serif</family> <prefer> <family>Liberation Sans</family> </prefer> </alias>
/etc/fonts/conf.avail.infinality/35-repl-custom.conf for global effect or
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/fontconfig/conf.d/60-latin.conf for a single user. For `combi` users,
60-latin-combi.conf should be modified accordingly.
The default font can be any but Noto Sans.
To change the font in Emacs only:
If you prefer Noto Sans for other applications and just want to fix Emacs specifically then you can specify a new Font Family for the variable pitch face. This could be done via customize (M-x customize-face RET variable-pitch RET) or by placing the following code in
(custom-set-faces '(variable-pitch ((t (:family "Liberation Sans")))))
Note that there may be other faces either in default Emacs or specified by themes that also use the default Sans Serif font and would have to be modified in the same way. Changing the system wide default to something like Liberation Sans is therefore a more universal fix.
GIMP users have reported issues with the subpixel rendering of text in images (see for example this topic). The best course of action is to disable subpixel rendering completely for GIMP. Add a file
~/.gimp-2.8/fonts.conf for a single user) with the following content:
<fontconfig> <match target="font"> <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"> <const>none</const> </edit> </match> </fontconfig>
Language specifics diacritics / glyphs
Some language specifics diacritics / glyphs are displayed inconsistently using default font.
This is usually the case with websites (notably blogs) utilizing predefined CSS templates that make use of web fonts missing support for extended Latin scripts (most often A and B). Even though this is not a problem with any of the infinality-bundle components and thus should be fixed by the author / maintainer of the problematic site, it can still be got round by creating a relevant font replacement rule in fontconfig. If you want to use this option, activate
$ cd /etc/fonts/conf.d $ ln -s ../conf.avail.infinality/36-repl-missing-glyphs.conf .
and then edit the file accordingly following the provided example.
Overriding default replacement rules and adding custom ones is possible with
35-repl-custom.conf. The file is activated by default, so all you need to do is edit if you want to use it.
Firefox/Chrome browsers rendering monospaced with proportional font
You can check which font the browser is using with the
fc-match tool. If for
"monospace" you get a proportional font like Arial
# fc-match "monospace" monospace: arial.ttf: "Arial" "Normal"
you probably should run
# fc-presets set
CJK character distortion
Some CJK characters like "的" "照" "吧" are likely to deform under certain sizes. Disabling certain aspects of the autohinter can help:
export INFINALITY_FT_STEM_ALIGNMENT_STRENGTH=0 export INFINALITY_FT_STEM_FITTING_STRENGTH=0 export INFINALITY_FT_STEM_SNAPPING_SLIDING_SCALE=0 export INFINALITY_FT_AUTOHINT_SNAP_STEM_HEIGHT=0 export INFINALITY_FT_AUTOHINT_HORIZONTAL_STEM_DARKEN_STRENGTH=0 export INFINALITY_FT_AUTOHINT_INCREASE_GLYPH_HEIGHTS=false
General problems with fonts
If you experience general problems with fonts (e.g. certain glyphs are not loaded in PDF documents, while a font family providing them has been correctly installed), start troubleshooting by issuing
# fc-cache -fr
This will remove the entire font cache and recreate it from scratch.
- Short article about infinality (contains screenshots)
- Infinality bundle and fonts - Home page of the infinality bundle
- fontconfig-ultimate - git repository providing all patches, configuration files and build scripts for the entire infinality-bundle+fonts collection in separate branches
- infinality-bundle: good looking fonts made (even) easier - infinality-bundle support thread in the Arch Linux Forums
- infinality-bundle-fonts: a free multilingual font collection for Arch - infinality-bundle-fonts support thread in the Arch Linux Forums