All fonts in gnome turn into square symbols

This is a problem encountered while installing gtk+. After installing all of the packages required to install gtk+ and a system reboot all the characters in filenames, menu etc had turned into just square symbols. None of the fonts were visible.
The culprit was the package "pango" which is required for gtk+.  To get back the usual display it was required to unistall pango which can be done from the same folder from which it was installed from source.

cd to the folder that has source of pango

$ sudo make uninstall
$sudo reboot

After reboot all the fonts were back :-)

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