[R] plotmath "overstrikes" in output on a Linux system

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 19:17:25 CEST 2008

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 1:23 PM, Paul Johnson <pauljohn32 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 4:29 AM, Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>  > Looks likes the the laptop is using different fonts with incorrect font
>  > metrics.  This could happen because it has a different screen resolution, or
>  > one of the systems is set to use scalable fonts or it is giving metrics for
>  > one fonts and using another or ....
>  >

I found a fix for the funny font overlaps, and it was quite by
accident. In case there are other Fedora users for whom this might
appear, I would like to close the thread with this. In the livna
repository, there is a package called


After installing that, the fonts on screen are fine.  I do not
understand exactly why this works, or why freetype-freeworld is not in
the freetype distribution all along.  The package is described thusly,
and you will notice it has the same magic words that Professor Ripley
used--hints and glyphs:

$ rpm -qi freetype-freeworld
Name        : freetype-freeworld           Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 2.3.5                             Vendor: rpm.livna.org
Release     : 3.lvn8                        Build Date: Tue 18 Sep
2007 10:28:30 AM CDT
Install Date: Sun 13 Apr 2008 11:16:45 PM CDT      Build Host:
Group       : System Environment/Libraries   Source RPM:
Size        : 685309                           License: FTL or GPLv2+
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Sat 22 Sep 2007 10:23:19 AM CDT, Key ID 71295441a109b1ec
Packager    : rpm.livna.org <http://bugzilla.livna.org>
URL         : http://www.freetype.org
Summary     : A free and portable font rendering engine
Description :
The FreeType engine is a free and portable font rendering
engine, developed to provide advanced font support for a variety of
platforms and environments. FreeType is a library which can open and
manages font files as well as efficiently load, hint and render
individual glyphs. FreeType is not a font server or a complete
text-rendering library.

This version is compiled with the patented bytecode interpreter and subpixel
rendering enabled. It transparently overrides the system library using

Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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