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Old 03-13-2005, 06:57 PM   #1
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add windows fonts to linux -- easy way to do this?

How can I take the fonts from windows and add them to linux? I looked on google but all the articles are years old and there must be an easy way to do it now.

Old 03-13-2005, 06:59 PM   #2
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What distro?
Old 03-13-2005, 08:38 PM   #3
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debian sarge, 2.6 series kernel although there is no apt-get for the font I want, it is on my windows computer.
Old 03-13-2005, 11:05 PM   #4
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I just did this tonight, actually. This is the guide I used.

I'm on Mandrake, but used the "Other Distributions" instructions just fine. Not sure if Debian works exactly the same, but maybe enough to get you started.
Old 03-14-2005, 12:29 AM   #5
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Adding Fonts to Fontconfig

Adding new fonts to the Fontconfig subsystem is a straightforward process.


To add fonts systemwide, copy the new fonts into the /usr/share/fonts/local/ directory.

To add fonts for an individual user, copy the new fonts into the .fonts/ directory in the user's home directory.

Use the fc-cache command to update the font information cache, as in the following example:

4fc-cache <path-to-font-directory>

In this command, replace <path-to-font-directory> with the directory containing the new fonts (either /usr/share/fonts/local/ or ~/.fonts/).

Adding Fonts to xfs

To add fonts to the core X font subsystem (xfs), follow these steps:


If it does not already exist, create a directory called /usr/share/fonts/local/ using the following command as root:

mkdir /usr/share/fonts/local/

If creating the /usr/share/fonts/local/ directory is necessary, it must be added to the xfs path using the following command as root:

chkfontpath --add /usr/share/fonts/local/


Copy the new font file into the /usr/share/fonts/local/ directory

Update the font information by issuing the following command as root:

ttmkfdir -d /usr/share/fonts/local/ -o /usr/share/fonts/local/fonts.scale


Restart the xfs font server using the following command as root:

service xfs reload


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