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Re: "Check mark" symbol missing using 'evince'?

On Mon, 4 Apr 2022 at 16:01, John D. Baker <> wrote:
> I routinely use 'evince' when I need to manipulate PDFs with fillable
> fields.  When I first started using it, it seemed the "check-mark"
> glyph was missing and the result was a thin-outline box inside the
> area the check-mark should appear.  Thus, when I printed the document,
> I would have to find all the check-boxes with the broken symbol and
> manually draw/write in a check mark.
> Then, when 'evince' was updated again, the "check-mark" was found and
> worked.  After another update it was broken again.  Lather, rinse, repeat.
> Lately, however, the last several revisions of 'evince' (at least those
> found in pkgsrc-202[0-2]Q1) have all had the "check-mark" glyph broken
> or missing again.
> There don't appear to be any messages about missing fonts either on
> evince's STDOUT/STDERR or in ".xsession-errors".
> Suggestions for how to restore/provide the "check-mark" glyph for
> evince?
> Looking at a sample PDF shows data like:
>   ... /Resources<</Font<</ZaDb 1117 0 R>> ...
> which I would presume to refer to Zapf Dingbats and some character
> code within that.
> (For a sample document, get the PDF of Form 1040 "f1040.pdf"
> [U.S. income tax return], load with 'evince' and click any of
> the check-box items.)

Could there be any possibility that the set of fonts installed changes
between the different updates - either a font missing, or even a font
present triggering the issue, or installing a different package
updating some state?



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