Ubuntu: Font Viewer not running in Ubuntu 16.04


Anybody else having an issue with Font Viewer not running? It just shows the mouse busy cursor spinning, but eventually does nothing? Is there a fix?


I edited the .desktop file as a workaround:

sudo sed -ir 's/^\(DBus\)/#\1/' /usr/share/applications/org.gnome.font-viewer.desktop  

Normally I advise against changing package owned file under /usr/share, since such changes will be overridden at next update of the package in question. However, in this case the issue is about to be fixed with the next update of the package, and it will start working again without workarounds.

The fix for this has been released, please run

sudo apt dist-upgrade


Open a terminal with CtrlAltT

Issue the following commands:

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get upgrade  gnome-font-viewer --display=:0  

As an alternative you could create a desktop shortcut for it.

One way to do this is to use the old gnome-desktop-item-edit.

First you'll need to install is with sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Next issue the command `gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop

Fill out the fields as shown:


It worked for me.

Source: Experience


There is an error showing up in /var/log/syslog.

Jul 29 22:07:21 schijfwereld org.gnome.font-viewer[3361]:   Unknown option --gapplication-service  Jul 29 22:07:21 schijfwereld org.gnome.font-viewer[3361]:   Run '/usr/bin/gnome-font-viewer --help'   to see a full list of available command line options.  

I did not find a bug reported on this on launchpad.

It only happens when starting it from "dash" not when started from command line. So use that for the time being.



I am not sure why it does not work on a longterm release..(Gnome 16.04.1) However, this led me to discover font-manager

sudo apt install font-manager  

It took a long long time to load when I started it, but it eventually worked and then was no problem subsequently. To install fonts, you can click rightmost icon on the lower icon row and dump a whole directory all at once (using CTRL+A). It is a little slow, but it is sort of like a washing machine..dump the stuff inside and then come back later. Awesome.


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