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How to get good font rendering in Void Linux

This guide assumes you are using Void Linux (you can probably replicate it in other distributions; just check the paths), have Freetype installed and using some sort of Window Manager or Desktop Environment. If you don’t, sudo xi them. After that, fire up a terminal and create a symbolic link, from the following files in /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/, to /etc/fonts/conf.d:

  • 10-hinting-slight.conf
  • 10-scale-bitmap-fonts.conf
  • 10-sub-pixel-rgb.conf
  • 11-lcdfilter-default.conf
  • 20-unhint-small-vera.conf
  • 21-cantarell-hinting.conf
  • 30-metric-aliases.conf
  • 30-urw-aliases.conf
  • 31-cantarell.conf
  • 40-nonlatin.conf
  • 42-luxi-mono.conf
  • 45-latin.conf
  • 49-sansserif.conf
  • 50-user.conf
  • 51-local.conf
  • 57-dejavu-sans-mono.conf
  • 57-dejavu-sans.conf
  • 57-dejavu-serif.conf
  • 60-latin.conf
  • 65-fonts-persian.conf
  • 65-nonlatin.conf
  • 69-unifont.conf
  • 70-no-bitmaps.conf
  • 80-delicious.conf
  • 90-synthetic.conf

In ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d/, I’ve symlinked these files (again, from /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/):

  • 10-hinting-slight.conf
  • 10-sub-pixel-rgb.conf
  • 50-user.conf (using it to default Helvetica, Arial and Verdana to Clear Sans)
  • 60-latin.conf
  • 70-no-bitmaps.conf

My .Xresources file:

Xft.autohint: 1
Xft.antialias: 1
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault

Also, I’ve created the /etc/profile.d/freetype2.sh file with this content:

# Subpixel hinting mode can be chosen by setting the right TrueType interpreter
# version. The available settings are:
#
# truetype:interpreter-version=35 # Classic mode (default in 2.6)
# truetype:interpreter-version=38 # Infinality mode
# truetype:interpreter-version=40 # Minimal mode (default in 2.7)
#
# There are more properties that can be set, separated by whitespace. Please
# refer to the FreeType documentation for details.

# Uncomment and configure below
export FREETYPE_PROPERTIES="truetype:interpreter-version=38"

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Cheers! 🙂

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