font system mishandles Latin Modern fonts

Bug #174298 reported by N7DR on 2007-12-06
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
lmodern (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

1. Install lmodern package. The package says "They
are also registered with defoma, which makes them available to other
applications such as Ghostscript and Fontconfig. Finally, they are
made available to the core X11 fonts system, which makes it possible
to use them in any X application."

2. Browse to fonts://System and choose LM Typewriter 10. Viewing it shows only the small cap variant.

3. Some applications (such as KWrite), when LM Typewriter 10 is chosen, correctly use the version with caps and lower case characters.

4. Other applications (such as and the font browser), when LM Typewriter 10 is chosen, incorrectly use the version with caps and small caps.

5. In the applications that use the small cap version, switching to bold causes the font to switch to the bold variant with caps and lower case characters.

N7DR (doc-evans) wrote :

This is on gutsy-amd64.

Hmpf (dns-hmpf) wrote :

I can reproduce this here (kubuntu 8.04). Moreover in OOo-Writer Latin Modern is only available as LMRoman10, LMSans10, LMSansQuotation8, LMTypewriter10, LMTypewriterVarWD10. The LMTypewriter10 and LMRoman10 is a small caps only.

Regarding point 5: Also switching to italics changes to caps and lower case characters.

Computer modern seems to have the same or similar problem.

Don't know if it is of any relevance but selecting /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/lmcsc10.pfb in Font Installer says it is "LMRoman10, Regular", however it is LMRoman10-CapsRegular.
Accordingly selecting /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/lmtcsc10.pfb in Font Installer says it is "LMTypewriter10, Regular", however it is LMTypewriter10-CapsRegular.

N7DR (doc-evans) wrote :

Problem still exists on intrepid :-(

Hmpf (dns-hmpf) wrote :

And in Jaunty as well.

N7DR (doc-evans) wrote :

It'll be my turn to make the same comment for karmic.

LM is a simply wonderful font family. I've published several books using it. I'm surprised that no one else seems to care that it can't be used in OOo.

Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in lmodern.

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport, either via the appropriate application's "Help -> Report a Problem" menu or using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at

affects: ubuntu → lmodern (Ubuntu)
tags: added: jaunty karmic
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