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Old 12-09-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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enabling xft fonts in torsmo

I can't seem to get xft fonts to work in torsmo. I installed once, realized the fonts are ugly, downloaded xft fonts did the ./configure, make, make install, then tried to reconfigure torsmo with:

./configure --enable-xft

however here's my output:

bash-3.00# ./configure --enable-xft
loading cache ./config.cache
checking for a BSD compatible install... (cached) /usr/bin/ginstall -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking whether make sets ${MAKE}... (cached) yes
checking for working aclocal-1.4... missing
checking for working autoconf... found
checking for working automake-1.4... missing
checking for working autoheader... found
checking for working makeinfo... found
checking for gcc... (cached) gcc
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) works... yes
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) is a cross-compiler... no
checking whether we are using GNU C... (cached) yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... (cached) yes
checking how to run the C preprocessor... (cached) gcc -E
checking for X... (cached) libraries /usr/X11R6/lib, headers /usr/X11R6/include
checking for XOpenDisplay in -lX11... (cached) yes
checking for XdbeQueryExtension in -lXext... (cached) yes
checking for xft-config... no
checking for signal.h... (cached) yes
checking for unistd.h... (cached) yes
checking for X11/Xlib.h... (cached) yes
checking for sys/utsname.h... (cached) yes
checking for sys/stat.h... (cached) yes
checking for linux/soundcard.h... (cached) yes
checking for dirent.h... (cached) yes
checking for sys/statfs.h... (cached) yes
checking for sys/param.h... (cached) yes
checking for sys/mount.h... (cached) yes
checking for X11/extensions/Xdbe.h... (cached) yes
checking for help2man... no
checking for sysinfo... yes
checking for getloadavg... yes
checking for popen... (cached) yes
creating ./config.status
creating Makefile
creating config.h
config.h is unchanged
What gives?

I did a little looking and I guess ./configure is generated from ./ which has these lines in in:

dnl XFT option

[  --enable-xft            enable if you want to use Xft [default=no]],
It beat's me as to what this does but seeing "--enable-xft" makes me think I'm doing at least something right. Am I making a mistake or is it possible xft is screwed up? Any ideas of what's going wrong?
Old 12-10-2005, 08:57 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by mjl3434
checking for xft-config... no
You don't have the required development packages installed. I don't know what it is called on Slackware but on Debian it is libxft-devel if that's of any help.

Old 03-11-2006, 04:37 PM   #3
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In hindsight that was obvious, thanks!

Now I just need to figure out information on how to specify particular fonts, and maybe preview them. Hopefully that will be easy.


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