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Old 03-06-2004, 03:18 PM   #1
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Question X11 Font question / problem


I'm running happily running Linux on my Laptop for quite a while but again and again I'm frustrated by the X11 fonts that some programs have.

on is a screenshot, sorry I don't have 5 posts yet!

This is a screen shot of the XMMS (Mp3 Player) and KMail. All the KDE applications have the right fonts and the General X11 applications have this Huge Ass / Ugly font which I want to change.

I'm running Debian Unstable; Kde 3.1-5; XFree86 4.3 On a Pentium 3 laptop.

The Font path in the X11 Configuration looks like this:
Section "Files"

RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/util/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"


There is also a line which says: Load "freetype"
I thought that has also somthing todo with the Fonts.

The XFree86.0.log show no errors or warnings.

How can I change the fonts to a more "normal" size for example the size and layout of the KDE fonts?

How can I specify which font set to use? And what is a good font set?

I don't have any experians with fonts etc. so could someone please clarify the way fonts work within Linux?
Old 03-06-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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I don't think fontconfig pays any attention to /etc/X11/XF86Config. The file you need to edit is /etc/fonts/fonts.conf . Read this to learn more before you go tweaking If you mess up you may not be able to get back into Gnome or KDE to fix the problem. Not that I've ever done anything as stupid as that...
Old 03-07-2004, 05:53 AM   #3
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If xmms shows that fonts is just because it is "not compiled against libfreetype", so it doesn't matter what you tweak inside your system, that program will never load "better" fonts. Same for many others.


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