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Asked by William Pabon on 2017-01-12

 While running the regular updates, I get the following message about the tts-mscore fonts. How do I solve this?


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Vej (vej) said : #1

Hello William,

your problem seems to be bug #1655531 to me.

I will link this bug and set the affected project to msttcorefonts.

Best Regards


William Pabon (williepabon) said : #2


Thanks for the info. It seems that I will have to wait until the problem is solved.

William Pabon (williepabon) said : #3

Is there a way to stop the annoying message while the problem is solved?

Vej (vej) said : #4

Hello William,

I simply uninstalled the ttf-mscorefonts-installer, as it was not necessary for my system. This will probably make the Microsoft fonts unavailable. If you want to do this as well I would recommend using apt-get purge in a terminal to check if other packages would be removed as well (because they depent on the installer).

Best Regards


Best Naël (nathanael-naeri) said : #5

This is bug 1607535, whose cause was found in package apt, see bug 1651923.

William, in the meantime that a fix for bug 1651923 lands in Xenial and Yakkety, you can workaround this issue (and therefore prevent the annoying message from appearing) by installing Debian's 3.6 version of ttf-mscorefonts-installer instead of Ubuntu's version 3.4, because Debian's version uses wget instead of apt-helper for downloading the fonts, or you can keep version 3.4 and download the fonts manually and point dpkg-reconfigure to them, see bug 1607535 for instructions.

William Pabon (williepabon) said : #6


As per your suggestion, from bug 1607535, I followed post #45 to install Debian's 3.6 version of ttf-mscorefonts-installer, and it worked! I hope this should not create further problems. Thank you for the help.

William Pabon (williepabon) said : #7

Thanks Nathanaël Naeri, that solved my question.

Naël (nathanael-naeri) said : #8

As a follow-up on this question: I recommend you keep the deb-file around, so when this bug is fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10, you can uninstall Debian's version of the package and go back to Ubuntu's version. See updated description of bug 1607535, "Workaround 2".

William Pabon (williepabon) said : #9

HOw do I know when the Ubuntu version is fixed? I assume it comes through regular updates (I do not normally pay much attention on the details of what is updated). Will I get to know that the regular update creates any conflict with the Debian version? Thanks.