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Re: fonts in x11/SuSE 8
  • From: Mike Fabian <mfabian@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 20:29:54 +0200
  • Message-id: <s3t4rcvysbh.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
jalal <the_jalal@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Hi Rohit
> I used truetype fonts. I had a bunch from a Windows installation that
> I copied over.
> I copied a set of truetype fonts that I had into the
> /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts directory, then I ran:
> ttmkfdir | sed s/^[0-9]*// > fonts.scale.myfonts
> /sbin/conf.d/SuSEconfig.fonts
> xset fp rehash
> which created the encoding files. (I noticed that sometimes the fonts
> start to look screwed up again and SuSEconfig has replaced the first
> line of fonts.scale with a 0. Edit and change back to whatever is the
> first line of fonts.dir).

That doesn't matter. You don't need to change this from 0 to the
actual number. fonts.scale is not read neither by the X-server nor
by the font server. Only fonts.dir is used.

fonts.scale is only used by mkfontdir when it creates fonts.dir.
See the man page of mkfontdir:

man mkfontdir> Because scalable font files do not usually include the X font name,
man mkfontdir> the file "fonts.scale" can be used to name the scalable fonts in the
man mkfontdir> directory. The fonts listed in it are copied to fonts.dir by
man mkfontdir> mkfontdir. "fonts.scale" has the same format as the "fonts.dir" file.

It happens that mkfontdir ignores the number in the first line of
fonts.scale. You can put any arbitrary number there and mkfontdir
happily appends the contents of fonts.scale to fonts.dir and
generates the correct number in the first line of fonts.dir.

> However, there may be an easier way, which is:
> In the control panel you can install fonts using the System->Font
> Installer section. Select the folder that you have the fonts in for
> the left hand pane, and it will get installed in to the directory in
> the right hand pane.
> If you have an LCD screen, use sub-pixel hinting.
> I think thats all I did. But in the flurry of setting things up, I may
> have missed something, apologies if so.
> cheers
> jalal
> Rohit wrote:
>> # The main criticism I would have is that the fonts look terrible until
>> # things have been tweaked.
>> Hi Jalal,
>> I took your work from SLE list where you said the above lines. I did
>> my
>> first 8.0 install and I was worried to death as to why my fonts were so
>> screwed up on the dual boot machine where everything seemed fantastic in
>> Windows! Now I am a bit reassured - and that I do not have to go change my
>> monitor.
>> It is true that the fonts look perfectly screwed up. What do you
>> suggest I
>> should do to get some decent fonts in X11/KDE.
>> Please let me know. Thanks a lot. If you gave concise, specific
>> hints, I
>> should be able to pick up from there.
>> Thanks and regards,
>> Rohit
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