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Old 08-30-2014, 04:01 AM   #1
Gregg Bell
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can't install new font in GIMP


I'm nearly brain dead trying to figure this out and I'm angry (not like terribly or anything) because I put a font in there before and I can see it looking at me! Anyway, the folder that has the fonts is:

/usr/share/fonts/truetype

But when I copy my new font it won't let me paste it into the folder. I tried from the terminal too. No luck.

How do I do it? Thanks.
 
Old 08-30-2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Can you be more specific about what you mean by you can't "paste it into the folder"? Any error messages, either in the GUI or terminal?

My first instinct, if you're trying to put it in /usr/share/fonts/truetype, is that you're not doing it with root access. Open a terminal, and as you're on Ubuntu, I think you should have sudo installed by default:

Code:
sudo cp <file> /usr/share/fonts/truetype
sudo fc-cache -f
You can install a font without root access, but it will only be available to the user you do it for.

- Create a folder in your home directory, called ".fonts"
- Copy the font file to this new folder
- Run fc-cache -f as the regular user.
 
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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what version of gimp?
there was a bug in 2.8.12
install the current 2.8.14
 
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:21 AM   #4
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Can you be more specific about what you mean by you can't "paste it into the folder"? Any error messages, either in the GUI or terminal?

My first instinct, if you're trying to put it in /usr/share/fonts/truetype, is that you're not doing it with root access. Open a terminal, and as you're on Ubuntu, I think you should have sudo installed by default:

Code:
sudo cp <file> /usr/share/fonts/truetype
sudo fc-cache -f
You can install a font without root access, but it will only be available to the user you do it for.

- Create a folder in your home directory, called ".fonts"
- Copy the font file to this new folder
- Run fc-cache -f as the regular user.
Thanks goumba. I had to monkey with it a bit but I got it. I first put in just the file name and when I hit enter it said 'file not found.' So I did the locate feature and it showed the entire path and when I put the entire path in it worked. Then the

sudo fc-cache -f

command was left over and I realized that that was actually the second command (right?) and so I ran that and it looks like all is well. (There's a screenshot of the terminal.)

Yeah, just for absolute clarity: that was two commands, right? #1) Copy the file #2) the sudo fc-cache -f command.

And what did the sudo fc-cache -f command do?

Thanks very much for the help with this. I'm planning on adding a lot of fonts and this method you've given me is going to be VERY helpful. (I checked GIMP and the new font is there.)
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:29 AM   #5
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what version of gimp?
there was a bug in 2.8.12
install the current 2.8.14
Thanks John. I have 2.8.10. I was going to download the 2.8.14 but I got a little psyched out because I read the GIMP version that comes with the distro has all the dependencies and stuff. (I have 14.04 Xubuntu.) And I really wasn't sure about how to get the new version. I found this:

http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/

But even that was a little intimidating.(The different files of 2.8.14 and how to install them, or one of them.)

Is there anything great about 2.8.14 that I should go through the rigamarole (I have 2.8.10 on two computers and I'm just starting to get familiar with it.) of installing it? (The only thing I don't like about 2.8.10 is using the text tool is still a little dicey. Did 2.8.14 improve the text tool?)

Thanks.
 
Old 08-31-2014, 06:53 AM   #6
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Yeah, just for absolute clarity: that was two commands, right? #1) Copy the file #2) the sudo fc-cache -f command.

And what did the sudo fc-cache -f command do?
Yes, two commands.

fc-cache updates fontconfig's cache.

Code:
       fc-cache scans the font directories  on  the  system  and  builds  font
       information  cache  files  for  applications using fontconfig for their
       font handling.
 
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
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Yes, two commands.

fc-cache updates fontconfig's cache.

Code:
       fc-cache scans the font directories  on  the  system  and  builds  font
       information  cache  files  for  applications using fontconfig for their
       font handling.
Thanks goumba. I really appreciate it.
 
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You're welcome. To help, that's what we're here for.
 
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