No Text on Menus or Tool Tips

Bill Trenker wtrenker at
Mon Jan 19 13:19:23 CET 2004

Bill Trenker wrote:

> I've just downloaded and built xfce4.  It's running fine but there is no text showing on any menus or tool-tips.

I see on the xfce forums that one user with this "no text" problem solved it on his system by eliminating a conflicting version of Pango.  Apparently his system had 2 versions of Pango installed.

My pkg-config shows the following:
noodle:/usr/lib# pkg-config --list-all | grep pango
pango                   Pango - Internationalized text handling
pangoxft                Pango Xft - Xft font support for Pango
pangoft2                Pango FT2 - Freetype 2.0 font support for Pango
pangox                  Pango X - X Window System font support for Pango

Using a Python script that dereferences the symbolic links of the various libraries spit out by ldd, here's what xfce4-panel has linked for pango-related and font-related libs:
noodle:~/xfce# python xfce4-panel
<snip> => =>
<snip> =>
<snip> =>
<snip> => =>

(The full dereferenced ldd listing is included at the end of this message just for reference.)

Mind you, I'm confused why my other GTK2 apps, like Abiword, are working fine.  I wonder if it's something to do with pkg-config?  I'll look into an xfce4 configure script and see how pkg-config is being called for pango.

Any suggestions you xfce4 experts have would be very much appreciated.  I don't mind digging in and trying to fix this, I just need some direction.

The funny thing is, I like xfce so much that I'm using it anyways without the fonts working.  Trying to use the xfce4 menus is sure a hit-and-miss adventure when you don't have any menu text <wink>.



noodle:~/xfce# python xfce4-panel => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => => =>
/lib/ => =>

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