[snap] emoji show as black and white if fonts-symbola is installed

Bug #1794354 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2018-09-25
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
chromium-browser (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm using the Chromium Snap from the Beta channel.

Test Case
0. Be sure you don't have the Chromium deb running.
1. Visit https://launchpad.net/bugs/1779569
The rainbow emoji 🌈 should show in color
2. sudo apt install fonts-symbola
3. Close Chromium. Wait a few moments to make sure it closes then open it and repeat step 1
4. The rainbow emoji 🌈 shows in black and white

Other Info
Firefox and GTK apps like gedit correctly show 🌈 in color as long as fonts-noto-color-emoji is installed, regardless of whether fonts-symbola is also installed.

I also was unable to duplicate this bug with the Firefox Snap [edge channel 63.0b9-1 (134)].

System Info
Ubuntu 18.10
fonts-noto-color-emoji 0~20180810-1

$ snap info chromium
name: chromium
summary: Chromium web browser, open-source version of Chrome
publisher: Canonicalβœ“
contact: https://forum.snapcraft.io/
license: unset
description: |
  An open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all
  Internet users to experience the web.
  - chromium
snap-id: XKEcBqPM06H1Z7zGOdG5fbICuf8NWK5R
tracking: beta
refresh-date: 8 days ago, at 13:41 EDT
  stable: 69.0.3497.100 (494) 141MB -
  candidate: 69.0.3497.100 (494) 141MB -
  beta: 70.0.3538.16 (487) 142MB -
  edge: 70.0.3538.9 (472) 142MB -
installed: 70.0.3538.16 (487) 142MB -

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

What distro version are you building the Snap from? Maybe you need fontconfig from bionic?

summary: - emoji show as black and white if fonts-symbola is installed
+ [snap] emoji show as black and white if fonts-symbola is installed
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

Indeed the snap links against and contain libfontconfig.so.1.9.0, from xenial.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

The snap is now being built on bionic. However the issue can still be observed. What's more, it's not snap-specific. The deb is similarly affected.

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