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Re: git gui menu fonts are too small, unreadable

On 07/06/2016 23:31, Jeff Buckles wrote:
Menu fonts in 'git gui' are too small to be readable
(only one or two pixels high).   "gitk" works fine.

Thanks for reporting this problem.

I was able to reproduce this problem, with a fresh installation, but only on x86, not on x86_64

It seems that default font used by git gui is '0pt DejaVu Sans', where 0pt has a special meaning in Tcl/Tk of 'a platform-dependent default size' [1], which is 12 pt for on X11.

There seems to be a bug somewhere in Tcl/Tk (or perhaps in the 'git gui' script), so that on x86, the size attribute it ends asking fontconfig for is INT_MIN, not 0.

It also seems that fontconfig has recently changed it the way it handles this invalid value, now giving you a very tiny font.

Until we have a solution, you can work around this by setting the font to have a definite size in ~/.gitconfig, e.g. adding

        fontui = -family \"DejaVu Sans\" -size 12 -weight normal -slant roman -underline 0 -overstrike 0


Jon Turney
Volunteer Cygwin/X X Server maintainer

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