[developers] Weird GUI behavior on new ubuntu machine
Emily M. Bender
ebender at u.washington.edu
Wed Feb 25 22:13:18 CET 2009
We have a partial fix and some more information:
Regarding the ridiculously large font sizes, David Brodbeck (our sysadmin)
figured out the following:
The font size problem was due to X getting a really strange idea about
the monitor size, probably because it's being run in a VM. "xdpyinfo
| grep resolution" was reporting 153x164 dpi. It was scaling all the
fonts up to compensate for what it thought was a very high resolution
The fix is to give X a more reasonable idea of the screen size. This
can be done by adding a line like the following to the "Monitor"
section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
DisplaySize 338 270
The numbers are the horizontal and vertical viewable area in
millimeters, and the ones shown here give 96x96 dpi for a 1280x1024
display. Here's a list of reasonable settings for various
resolutions, grabbed from
# DisplaySize 270 203 # 1024x768 96dpi
# DisplaySize 338 254 # 1280x960 96dpi
# DisplaySize 338 270 # 1280x1024 96dpi
# DisplaySize 370 277 # 1400x1050 96dpi
# DisplaySize 423 370 # 1600x1400 96dpi
You could cut-and-paste this into xorg.conf and just uncomment the one
corresponding to your display size.
On the other two problems:
1. The font error remains, even after removing the font per Erik's message.
2. (Most troubling) the keyboard focus problem remains.
I tried running the delph-in distribution (following the instructions
and found that the font error goes away, but the keyboard focus problem doesn't.
As noted before, when I x-forward from this machine to another, I don't
see these problems.
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