How to get Ubuntu to display unicode supplementary characters?

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The comment about the missing glyphs is correct.

I installed additional font packages, namely AR PL fonts Ukai & Uming:

sudo apt-get install fonts-arphic-uming fonts-arphic-ukai

and now I can get most (though not all) of the characters displayed correctly.

There maybe better font packages out there but that's the best answer I have come to the conclusion of at this time.

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Updated on November 23, 2022

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  • edwinksl
    edwinksl 2 minutes

    I have a standard desktop UI install of the latest Ubuntu distro and I'm trying to view this page: http://www.i18nguy.com/unicode/supplementary-test.html.

    However none of the text display properly. I have tested this on Windows 8 and I can see them just fine.

    My locale output is as follows:

    LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    LANGUAGE=
    LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_COLLATE="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_MONETARY="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_MESSAGES="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_PAPER="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_NAME="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_ADDRESS="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_TELEPHONE="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_MEASUREMENT="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_US.UTF-8"
    LC_ALL=
    

    I have also found the terminal also doesn't display many unicode characters.

    • Admin
      Admin over 9 years
      It's likely that the fonts you're using don't contain the necessary glyphs for the characters you want. You could try copying your font from Windows 8 and using it in Ubuntu.