Just to add a note: it happened to me also, because I have /usr/local as
a symlink to /home/local (in a different partition) and evince (or
apparmor) correctly complained.

So all fonts from Microsoft, which are installed in /usr/local/font,
came out blank.

Setting aa-complain solved momentarily the thing, then an edit of the
profiles is recommended.

Now, 'some font thing failed' is not exactly a very informative error
message... ;-)

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  Evince fails to display some fonts (some font thing failed)

Status in evince package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Dear experts,

  Since the upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04, evince fails to display some fonts
  of most of my latex pdfs. I attached an example of the pdf rendered by
  evince, and a screenshot of what it's supposed to look like. The
  console is spammed with errors:

  'some font thing failed'

  The pdf display correctly with xpdf and  okular.


  Description:  Ubuntu 15.04
  Release:      15.04
    Installed: 3.14.2-0ubuntu2
    Candidate: 3.14.2-0ubuntu2
    Version table:
   *** 3.14.2-0ubuntu2 0
          500 http://ftp.belnet.be/ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid/main amd64 Packages
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
  Package: evince 3.14.2-0ubuntu2
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.19.0-15.15-generic 3.19.3
  Uname: Linux 3.19.0-15-generic x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: wl
  ApportVersion: 2.17.2-0ubuntu1
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Sun Apr 26 23:15:02 2015
  SourcePackage: evince
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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