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'Nimbus Roman No9 L' font missing in Writer [closed]

asked 2017-09-19 16:43:58 +0100

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updated 2020-10-15 21:21:32 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image


On a fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04, LIbre Office does not recognise this very common font : "Nimbus Roman No9 L". To be more precise, my old documents composed with it are correctly displayed (LO doesn't replace the font with another one), but I cannot choose it in the drop menu, neither use it to set a new style.

  • I have checked that this font is present on my hard drive (in /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfont/).
  • I have checked that other applications manage to use it.
  • I have rebuilt the font cache with 'fc-cache -f -v'.
  • I have deleted all my user configuration folder '~/.config/libreoffice'.
  • I have tried with 5.3 and 5.4 branch of LO (official repositories).

Nothing change. What I can do more ? What do I miss ? Thank you very much for any help.

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answered 2017-09-19 17:00:52 +0100

RGB-es gravatar image

LibreOffice dropped support for Type-1 fonts some time ago (maybe on 5.0?) and that's why you are not seeing it. You need to either convert the .pfb fonts to OpenType or switch to another font. I recommend the second option.

The best "times" font I know is Libertinus:

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This may explains why even a .ttf version (found on the web) of this font is not perfectly recognised. I'm totally depressed about this news... Nimbus was THE font, on all fronts... ;-) However, I must admit the alternative you suggest is quite good as well. Its proportions specifically are harmonious (and very close from Nimbus' ones). Thanks a lot for your rapid and precise answer !

laspic gravatar imagelaspic ( 2017-09-19 19:01:32 +0100 )edit

Perhaps a more closer fit for Nimbus Roman No9 L is TeX Gyre Termes:

It's based on URW Nimbus Roman, it's free and it's on OpenType format :) As you use Linux, probably it's already installed on your system. If not, it's available as a TeX Live package on the TeX Gyre collection.

RGB-es gravatar imageRGB-es ( 2017-09-20 00:07:39 +0100 )edit

Indeed. One more good suggestion !

laspic gravatar imagelaspic ( 2017-09-20 12:34:23 +0100 )edit

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