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Old 01-08-2002, 11:27 AM   #1
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Not all TTF are getting displayed

Hey all -
I followed the font-howto, and got some of my true type fonts to appear... but for some reason not all of them will come up.

I downloaded some from, and after redoing the ttmkftdir and mkfontdir, the new ones I've downloaded don't show up in the gnome character map. Verdana and the other MS fonts are fine though... any ideas?

I'm using xfs as the font server, and I've edited my XF86Config-4 file to include /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ttf/.

I'm running Drake 8, no patches applied to anything.

Old 01-08-2002, 01:15 PM   #2
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I am assuming the fonts that do work are in the same directory (/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ttf/.).

Make sure that the fonts.dir file in the ttf directory exists and has all the fonts listed in it.

Also, if you are using XFS all you need for the fontpath in the XF86Config-4 is 'unix/:7100'. Put all your font paths in /etc/X11/fs/config. (Although mandrake might do it differently)
Old 01-08-2002, 09:19 PM   #3
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ok - i checked the fonts.dir that was created, and not all the fonts are appearing... there's only a handful that show up. What should I do?
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I have exact same problem..
(I am using RH 7.2)
Old 01-16-2002, 11:48 AM   #5
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Ok - I got it to work, bit of a hack, but it works. (Thanks in huge part to the great people at, or more specifically their TAG list)

Unfortunately, I couldn't use the xfs that came with Drake to get things moving, from what I understand I may not have had the correct FreeType libraries on my system. Concoran, this may be your problem... I'm still very new at libraries and what not, so I didn't go this route.

I instead opted to install xfstt (got it from, and am running another font server just for my true type stuff. Admittedly, this isn't the solution I was going for (since I now have two font servers running, xfs and xfstt) but it worked for me.

If you decide to get the rpm, remember to check what XF86Config file it changes. If your X -version is >= 4, the rpm will change the old config file, not XF86Config-4. Otherwise, the rpm puts the startup script in /etc/rc.d/init.d, and all your true type fonts should go into /usr/share/fonts/truetype.

to get the thing started do:
~ #>xfstt --gslist --sync
~ #>xfstt --daemon
~ #>xset fp+ unix/:7101

the first command will sync up all the fonts in the truetype dir, and the gslist will output the results onscreen. the second command starts xfstt as a daemon, the third creates a new font path, being port 7101 (remember, xfs has port 7100).

If you need any more help on how I did this, just post back and I'll be glad to relay what little information I know.



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