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Old 06-19-2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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TrueType fonts won't install

Hi all

I'm having trouble installing some truetype fonts on Fedora C.3.

I've added the .ttf font files to:
I've ran:
mkfontscale /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/
mkfontdir /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/
and ran
chkfontpath -a /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/

but still no applications can see the fonts. 'xfontsel' can see them fine, though.

Installing to ~/.fonts works, but I'd like to have these fonts available to all users.

Any ideas?

Old 06-19-2005, 11:23 PM   #2
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Panic over.

OK. It appears I was installing my fonts in the old 'core' font system, which worked, and which is why I could see the newly installed fonts in 'xfontsel'. The reason I couldn't use the fonts in Firefox and OpenOffice is that those apps use the new xft / fontconfig system (as do all QT3 / GTK2 apps), which my new fonts weren't installed in. That's also why putting the fonts in ~/.fonts worked (~/.fonts is one of the font paths for xft).

After moving the fonts to /usr/share/fonts and running 'fc-cache -v', the new fonts were available as intended. Easy as.

If only I'd known this an hour ago....


P.S. Could we please ditch the old font system some time soon? fontconfig is much nicer.
P.P.S. There's 18 'font's in this post. That's a lot of fonts.

Last edited by ilikejam; 06-20-2005 at 12:36 PM.


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