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Old 09-11-2016, 10:49 PM   #1
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Hi, what's with Ubuntu 16.04? I used to be able to download free calligraphic fonts (such as Dieter-steffmann or Mans-Greback) and install them on previous Ubuntu systems. With 16.04 there seems to be no way to do this. Is 16.04 broken or have they changed something or what? Tukatz
 
Old 09-11-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
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Hi, what's with Ubuntu 16.04? I used to be able to download free calligraphic fonts (such as Dieter-steffmann or Mans-Greback) and install them on previous Ubuntu systems. With 16.04 there seems to be no way to do this. Is 16.04 broken or have they changed something or what? Tukatz
Hi...

What method did you use in 14.04 to install them? From what I see here, the process looks like it's the same for both versions. Try installing "Font Manager" as mentioned in the article (if it's not already installed) and see if that helps. Also, you can install fonts manually using a process described here.

Regards...

Last edited by ardvark71; 09-11-2016 at 11:24 PM. Reason: Changed font size for easier reading (for the OP.)
 
Old 09-12-2016, 10:34 AM   #3
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It can be even simpler than as described in that article, if you are the only user of your computer (or don't want to share your fonts).
1. Use the file manager and create a folder in your home directory .fonts (note the dot). Set the manager's view to "show hidden files" so that you can see it.
2. Open a new tab and navigate to the font. Click in the font to open the zip file with the archive manager, and drag and drop the font(s) from the archive manager to the .fonts folder. That's it.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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Hi, what I used to do is download the fonts I wanted from an on-line source, extract the file and when I opened it there used to be an "install" tab. I have not been able to install any free fonts I have found even by previous sources as mentioned earlier as there does not seem to be an Install option. i have tried many ways to open the downloaded fonts such as: Font forge, font viewer, archive Mgr, file Mgr etc. No luck! Oddly also is; I saved my previous downloaded fonts both zipped and extracted to an ext'l drive and eve after uploading them they will not install. Tukatz
 
Old 09-12-2016, 09:18 PM   #5
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Have you tried copying the extracted fonts, as root, to the appropriate directory, which is usually a sub-directory of /usr/share/fonts, then running fc-cache, again as root? If they are TTF fonts, that is often /usr/share/fonts/TTF.

Often, that's what font "installation" programs do: copy the files to the appropriate location.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 01:32 AM   #6
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there is no need to "install" the fonts. please look at the SOLUTION provided here:
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It can be even simpler than as described in that article, if you are the only user of your computer (or don't want to share your fonts).
1. Use the file manager and create a folder in your home directory .fonts (note the dot). Set the manager's view to "show hidden files" so that you can see it.
2. Open a new tab and navigate to the font. Click in the font to open the zip file with the archive manager, and drag and drop the font(s) from the archive manager to the .fonts folder. That's it.
if you still have difficulties AFTER trying that, provide us with a link to the actual font(s) in question.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 09:24 PM   #7
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Hello again, I did manage to install a couple of fonts using the terminal but after the 1st couple the rest would not install. I find this quite odd as I never had to use this method before even with the same exact fonts. a sample of the fonts I would like to install are: aldus-royal ttf, (incidentally all the following are ttf) anglicantext, black-chancery, champagne, canterbury, etc
It use to be that after I downloaded the fonts, all I had to do was unzip the file, open it, right click the font description and it would give me the "install" command which as I mentione is not available, not even visable as "grayed out" If I try to open previously downloaded font files I get "could not open (font name) archive type not supported" This happens with all the fonts i downloaded and used previously.
Incidentally, when I try to find installable or un-installable fonts in the Ubuntu software center there is no file or folder there as such. Tukatz
 
Old 09-13-2016, 10:56 PM   #8
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The old-ish school way is as follows:

$ mkdir ~/.fonts
$ cp fonts_I_got_from_somewhere* ~/.fonts/
$ cd ~/.fonts/
$ mkfontscale
$ mkfontdir
$ cd ~/

$ xset fp+ ~/.fonts
$ xset fp rehash
$ fc-cache -f -v

Those last 3 need to be done everytime X starts depending on your setup, although in the /usr/share/fonts/ areas, not quite the case. But anytime the contents change in a font path you need to do the mkfontscale and mkfontdir steps in the path that changed. Or the new stuff doesn't show up. With extra steps if dealing with bitmap fonts which tend to be disabled by default in many distros.

$ xlsfonts

To list available fonts by the -*-*-20-* type names.

$ fc-list

To list available fonts by their face name. Which includes a lot of other none facename information.

Last edited by Shadow_7; 09-13-2016 at 10:57 PM.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 10:56 AM   #9
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Hello again, I did manage to install a couple of fonts using the terminal but after the 1st couple the rest would not install.
Why didn't you use the file manager, like I suggested?

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If I try to open previously downloaded font files I get "could not open (font name) archive type not supported" This happens with all the fonts i downloaded and used previously.
Which fonts? What archive type? You mention that you'd like Aldus Royal, which suggests that you haven't got it. I've just downloaded it, extracted it, and examined it with no problem, so presumably that's not one you couldn't extract.

You really need to be clearer about your problems if you are to get help.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 10:03 PM   #10
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Hi, I think I have solved my problem with installing fonts from a source as below. It seems Ubuntu 16.04 has a broken font viewer. I checked on an older machine running 14.04 and on that one it still works. As follows: I downloaded a number of fonts from the link below, saved them to my Downloads folder after which i extracted them, I then right clicked the sample font icon to open the selection which opened with font viewer and there it was, in the top rt. corner: INSTALL, no need to go to the terminal screen or what ever. I didn't have to use File Mgr either.
So, when I try to use "Font Viewer" in 16.04 it does not open or work which leads me to believe it is a broken pkg.
How do I fix that? Tukatz
http://www.fontspace.com/category/old%20english
 
Old 09-15-2016, 03:18 AM   #11
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It might be that the viewer isn't installed, but it's trying to use it anyway. From a package manager perspective this would be an undeclared dependency. If you were to launch the file manager from a terminal it would likely output a message about the program not being found. The one good thing about 16.04 is that it now has apt-file. So you can find the package(s) that has the missing thing, instead of randomly installing everything until the issue goes away.

$ sudo apt-get install fontforge

Would be my guess. Or it could be broken for reasons beyond missing parts. All that command line stuff is what you do when the package management system is NOT the source of your font(s). Much like adding new libs or new kernels does some black magic stuff you might not otherwise be aware of like ldconfig or update-grub.
 
Old 09-16-2016, 11:52 PM   #12
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Hi Shadow, I have tried re-installing in both the normal desktop from both the Ubuntu software center and the synaptic pkg mgr and also in terminal with exactly the same script you've quoted with always the same results: Font Viewer shows up as an icon but does not open. I tried font forge but cannot install 3rd party fonts with it either. I've been using Ubuntu on my computers for 12 years and have never run into this before. I am hoping at least there might be an up-date or a "Fix" available soon. Tukatz
 
Old 09-17-2016, 12:17 AM   #13
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I finally got it! The software has changed (at least in name...) from what I used to use. I discovered I can install 3rd party fonts with "Font Mgr" A Big thanks to all who have tried to help and put up with me! Tukatz
 
Old 09-21-2016, 02:09 AM   #14
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FWIW, fonts can be globally available (no need to put them in each individual user's ~/.fonts) without disturbing what the package management system expects to find in /usr/share/fonts/. Simply copy the unarchived .ttf and/or .otf files to /usr/local/share/fonts/. Fontconfig will eventually if not sooner pick them up automatically, unless the installed version of it is broken (WFM on 16.04).
 
  


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