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Old 04-26-2005, 07:05 AM   #1
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Command for font-installation

Does anybody know what commandline-tool can be used for font installation?
I want to make sure I have the same fonts in any distro (including Windows), I realize I can't just copy the fonts to <fontdir>, they have to be installed. I remember some year ago I read an article about this but I can't find it?
It has to be a command-line tool, I want to write a script usable in any Linux.
Old 04-26-2005, 08:21 AM   #2
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If you are talking about Truetype fonts, simply copy them to ~/.fonts. Create the directory if it does not exist already. Run fc-cache -v to update the fonts cache.

If you're talking about PCF/BDF fonts, create a directory for the fonts (or use ~/.fonts for them as well), run mkfontdir in that directory when the fonts are in place. Then execute xset +fp /path/to/the/fonts_dir and then xset fp rehash. You can have the xset commands in a startup commands file if you wish (I use ~/.xsession).

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Mainly Truetype and Type1.
Don't really know what PCF/BDF is (I know there are plenty used by default). Reading Scribus tips, they talk about Type1 being the best, or good Truetype can also be used. No mentioning of PCF/BDF so I thought I'll leave them out.
I'm mainly using Scribus and OpenOffice, for other apps there are no real need for synchronizing fonts.
fc-cache seems good, hope it works for Type1?


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