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Fixing Hindi Fonts in Arch Linux

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When viewing Hindi content in any browser in Arch Linux, the rendering looks weird.

before applying the fix

before applying the fix

Doesn’t look good right! I’ll try to fix this issue in this post. You might need to install the appropriate font support in Arch Linux before applying this fix. The appropriate package for installing Indic Language support is ttf-indic-otf.

Now go to /usr/share/fonts/TTF and take the backup of two fonts FreeSans.ttf and FreeSerif.ttf. Now delete these two fonts from the directory. Restart the browser and see the difference.

after applying the fix

after applying the fix

This bug is reported in this bug report in 2011. I don’t know why nobody has fixed it yet. Or maybe I was not able to find the proper solution. This workaround is also given in same bug report.

Hope this helps. :)

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