UPDATE: Now filed as a bug: fdo#115723 and see work-around posted as answer, below.
This morning I got the LibreOffice upgrade from 5.4.3 to 5.4.4 (Version: 18.104.22.168; Build ID: 1:5.4.4-0ubuntu5, to be precise).
It seems to have “removed” a number of fonts I had locally installed on my (standard Ubuntu) system. This include:
- my SIL fonts, including Andika New Basic, Charis SIL, and Gentium Plus
- all the ClearType (Cambria, Calibri, etc.) fonts
- PT family
- SBL Greek and SBL Hebrew
- … and more.
Just to make it really weird, some persist: e.g. IA Writer Duospace, Merriweather [serif and sans], Venturis ADF, one or two others. These are all installed in the same way and from the same location as those listed above as missing in LibO.
Now, this behaviour seems to have been noticed on the LibreOffice bug tracker, and it’s pretty bad behaviour, I reckon. (IF that’s what I’m experiencing.)
These fonts are still in
~/.local/share/fonts, so I simply ran
sudo fc-cache -f -v expecting them all to re-appear in my LibO install.
But they haven’t shown up. I re-ran the
fc-cache command, logged-out, logged-in, … still not showing up.
How can this be? I’d prefer not to have to install AbiWord (or something) to check other apps, to see if other applications can access these fonts. (Actually, I have a Markdown editor that I have set to use Andika New Basic, and it seems to find it just fine.)
I’m not even sure I’m understanding where the problem lies. But I would VERY much like LibO Writer to use the fonts I have installed on my system, many of which are my day-to-day workhorse fonts. I confess to being somewhat grumpy.
This question has also been asked on AskUbuntu.