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Old 09-13-2003, 12:56 PM   #1
Jiawen
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DrakFont doesn't load fonts


I'm having trouble with DrakFont. It starts normally, and after I tell it to load Windows fonts, it shows the process (copying, translating, etc.) but when it's all done, I don't have any of the fonts added. I've also tried adding fonts one by one from the "Advanced" tab, but it doesn't help.

What am I doing wrong? Is there a different way to do this?

Thanks in advance for any help...
 
Old 09-13-2003, 02:30 PM   #2
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Hey Jiawen.

Are you able to install any other (non-windows) fonts? If the answer is "yes", then try using konquer to copy a single windows font into your home directory, and try again using fontdrac and your home dir.

Is your Windows partition visible to you? (Usually auto-mounted in /mnt/win_c).
 
Old 09-13-2003, 04:21 PM   #3
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How do I know if a font is Windows-based or not? In any case, though, I don't think I've been able to install any fonts.

Strangely, though, OpenOffice does show the fonts I tried to install (Tahoma, etc.). Also, I tried setting the locale back to US English (I usually use Traditional Chinese). When I did so, I was able to set the menus, etc. to use Tahoma, although the list of fonts in the Control Center still didn't show them. (I had set the fonts to Tahoma on an earlier install, and the preferences carried over.)

I am able to read my Windows partitions fine. I copied my main Windows font folder onto my Home directory and tried adding fonts one by one from there, but it didn't work. After I tried, the font list still didn't show the new fonts.

Again, thanks in advance for any help...
 
Old 09-13-2003, 07:10 PM   #4
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Hi, there was another thread here with someone trying to install fonts and not seeing them. The problem with him apparently was that he was running the whole kde session as root when installing the fonts. Are you doing the same?

Also, the font files with .ttf endings install fine but ones with .ttc endings don't - unfortunately, many asian font sets for windows have the .ttc format.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 01:26 AM   #5
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Hi again, quatsch! I don't think I'm logged in as root -- if I go into a terminal and it doesn't say "root@localhost ..." then I'm not logged in as root, right? Also, I'm not doing this from within KDE, I'm doing it from Gnome. I don't know if that makes a difference.

Strangely enough, I got all the fonts working right on a previous installation. This time, though, nothing's working right. Not even the .ttf ones are working.

Thanks again in advance for any help...
 
Old 09-14-2003, 07:05 AM   #6
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"How do I know if a font is Windows-based or not?"

After its been installed, there is no difference per se, but if you find for example "Comic Sans MS" in Mandrake, you know it came from windows since the "MS" obviously stands for Microsoft.

"In any case, though, I don't think I've been able to install any fonts. Strangely, though, OpenOffice does show the fonts I tried to install"

Can you see Comic Sans MS in open office? If so, then I would think that the problem is that gnome isn't reading the fonts. Can you by chance see them in KDE?

I have to admit... you have me stumped.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 08:22 AM   #7
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Thanks for responding, bigVoice!

Well, there are a few fonts on my system that are certainly Windows-based -- Comic Sans and a couple others. There are many fonts that are obviously from Windows, though -- fonts that I downloaded when I was only using Windows.

Strangely enough, I just tried <http://www.stcassociates.com/lab/fontbrowser.html> and it correctly reports all the fonts I've added in. Open Office also shows them. The problem, apparently, is that Gnome and KDE aren't reading the fonts properly.

I've tried installing the fonts under both KDE and Gnome, but neither works. Perhaps it's a Chinese thing? Maybe I should try switching the language to English and then installing -- I will try this, but any other ideas are sincerely appreciated!
 
  


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