pidgin can not display chinese character under vista

Daniel Atallah daniel.atallah at
Thu Feb 28 13:37:13 EST 2008

2008/2/28 Luke Schierer <lschiere at>:

> Xinhua Ji wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I downloaded pidgin 2.3.1 and installed on vista. Chinese characters in
> > contacts name can not be displayed (see attached screenshot). The
> > conversation window also can not display chinese until I uncheck
> > "preference/conversation/font/use font from theme" and choose a font
> > "simsun". However, this does not solve the contacts name problem.
> > I am running Vista Enterprise. The same package works well in XP.
> > I googled a lot and tried something like putting "gtk-font-name =
> > "SimSun 12" " in .gtkrc-2.0 under %userprofile% directory, while it does
> > affect something but still not chinese characters.
> >
> > Anyone can suggest where to look at this problem?
> > Thanks,
> > Xinhua Ji
> Pidgin can display Chinese characters, if you have the fonts for them,
> and if gtk can find those fonts.
> I'm afraid I do not know how to make gtk see more of your installed
> fonts on a windows system.

This is being tracked in a couple tickets in our trac instance:
The specific Vista problem is outlined in:

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