Backport Unicode/Emoji 11 updates

Bug #1808075 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2018-12-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pango1.0 (Ubuntu)
Jeremy Bicha

Bug Description

Once a year, there is a new Unicode and Emoji release. 2018's release is Unicode 11.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 18.10 already include Google's color emoji font for Unicode 11 (LP: #1788256) but neither Ubuntu 18.10 nor 18.04 LTS are able to display the new combinations introduced in Unicode 11 such as red-haired people.

Test Case
Copy and paste the red-hair man 👨‍🦰 into gedit. It should show as a single character.

Regression Potential
Although the code was written several weeks ago, it was only released in pango 1.43 (a development release) today so it's not seen many users yet.

On the other hand, pango does have a test suite run during the build and as autopkgtest and those tests still pass. I haven't seen any issues yet and we'll work to fix any issues that do develop.

A significant portion of the change set comes from the Unicode data sets and from the Chromium Unicode/Emoji parser. Both of those parts have received wider testing and use over several months.

Other Info
This issue is easy to fix with Ubuntu 18.10 but it may not be practical to try to update Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for this feature.

GTK's "Insert Emoji" feature will need to be updated to offer these new emoji.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2018-12-12
Changed in pango1.0 (Ubuntu Cosmic):
assignee: nobody → Jeremy Bicha (jbicha)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2018-12-12
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package pango1.0 - 1.42.4-5

pango1.0 (1.42.4-5) unstable; urgency=medium

  * Backport the emoji & Unicode 11 updates from pango 1.43 (LP: #1808075)
  * libpango1.0-dev: drop unnecessary Recommends: debhelper

 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:49:15 -0500

Changed in pango1.0 (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2018-12-15
Changed in pango1.0 (Ubuntu Cosmic):
status: Triaged → In Progress

Hello Jeremy, or anyone else affected,

Accepted pango1.0 into cosmic-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation on how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested and change the tag from verification-needed-cosmic to verification-done-cosmic. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed-cosmic. In either case, without details of your testing we will not be able to proceed.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance for helping!

N.B. The updated package will be released to -updates after the bug(s) fixed by this package have been verified and the package has been in -proposed for a minimum of 7 days.

Changed in pango1.0 (Ubuntu Cosmic):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed verification-needed-cosmic
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I installed pango1.0 1.42.4-3ubuntu1 on Ubuntu 18.10 and verified that the red-haired man now displays correctly in gedit.

I also opened the GNOME Characters app (.deb and snap versions) and verified that emoji there still displayed ok.

tags: added: verification-done-cosmic
removed: verification-needed verification-needed-cosmic
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package pango1.0 - 1.42.4-3ubuntu1

pango1.0 (1.42.4-3ubuntu1) cosmic; urgency=medium

  * Backport the emoji & Unicode 11 updates from pango 1.43 (LP: #1808075)

 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:14:09 -0500

Changed in pango1.0 (Ubuntu Cosmic):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for pango1.0 has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

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