I just don't get it !

ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY zamb at saudi.net.sa
Wed Oct 26 18:50:21 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-10-26 at 13:48 -0400, Eric Devost wrote:
> I don't have the font installed...
Okay, that's a start.  I didn't find exactly were the font "Helvetica"
came from on my system!  But from searching I found a Type1 font from
Adobe that's an alias for Helvetica.  The font is named "Nimbus Sans".

Try fixing your problem by installing the two packages "gsfonts" and
"gsfonts-x11" (the latter depends on the former anyway.)

See if that fixes your problem.

> It should be installed with msttcorefonts ? Am I right ?
The package "msttcorefonts" contain the so called Web Core Fonts
released by Microsoft for free (as in "doesn't cost money") about 4 or 5
years ago (but seized to do it anymore).  Due to there license, it's
still legal to host, download and use these fonts.  It's, however, *not*
legal to distribute them on other media (i.e. on CDs).

Microsoft's Arial font (which is actually owned by Monotype but licensed
by Microsoft) is a very close font to Helvetica in shape and is actually
an alias for that font (meaning, if an application asked for a missing
Helvetica font, the system well deliver Arial instead if present).

My advice is to install "msttcorefonts" as a lot of web pages are
designed to be viewed using these fonts.

> Eric,

  Also, "ulrich steffens" mentioned that a clean install of Breezy
  doesn't have Helvetica by default, but can be found on systems that
  were upgraded from a previous installation of Warty or Hoary, which is
  the case on my system (I upgraded from Hoary to Breezy).

I hope this will help you.

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