insufficient permission to copy fonts into font folder
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The font directory is a system directory rather than user, so you need root permissions to add/remove anything inside of it. "sudo" grants a normal user root permissions temporarily, rather than having to log in as the root user (which is strongly discouraged, and not even enabled in some distributions).
So anything that a forum post or guide says to do as root, just run through sudo.
ok, so i followed the commands above and i can see it in the folder (along with other fonts i use) and i even added it to the .fonts folder in my home folder, and yet i cant access the font in open office
i found the fc cache command above on another forum last night, still nothing. i did think that maybe it didnt like me forcing it to be a ttf, considering this was a dfont file from my macbook, but ive tried it in the font viewer(s?) and it seems to be recognized. im getting confused as to why its not showing up.