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Old 09-08-2003, 01:47 AM   #16
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hmmmm - i did remove a few fonts the kde font installer did not like - it did complain of a few bad ttf,

I'll will do as you say and install them in grps (not one by one, would take to long have about 300 i need to install)

thanks for your help

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Old 09-08-2003, 07:57 PM   #17
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A supplement to the font discussion in this thread:

I have downloaded several fonts from the Internet which did not work in X resp. KDE. Originally they were TTF fonts, later I converted them into Type1.
In both cases their names appear in the list (-> fontpath OK) but they are not displayed. A default font (arial or something like that) appears instead.

O.K., suppose these fonts are corrupted.

But surprisingly the corrupted fonts work well in Staroffice 6, on the screen as well as in printing !

Difficult to understand....
Old 11-14-2003, 11:00 AM   #18
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I have follwed all of the intructions, installed the new bitstream font package that Patrik so kindly provided, but my problem is that when X starts my fonts are very very tiny in GTK2 and KDE apps. Then when i run gnome-font-properties and do not change anything just hit OK then the next GTK2 or KDE app i start is using properly sized TTF font until i restart X then it goes back to teeny tiny fonts.

Anyone have an idea what is happening?

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Old 11-18-2003, 10:10 PM   #19
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i follow all the steps and for some odd reason i keep getting this error:

kyle@scarabrae:/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF$ xset +fp /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/
xset: bad font path element (#175), possible causes are:
Directory does not exist or has wrong permissions
Directory missing fonts.dir
Incorrect font server address or syntax

anybody have a fix for me? i don't any of that stuff should be at fault, since i chmoded the files and used mkfontdir and such

[edit] i just noticed that gaim uses all the new fonts...but no dice for anything else

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Old 11-19-2003, 11:18 AM   #20
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Well, the command looks like the proper syntax from here. It's also possible, I guess, that one of the elements already in your font path is incorrect in your XF86Config file. You could check that. The font files appear to have the correct permissions since they are working for gaim, a fontconfig enabled program. It would appear that your problem lies either in your X configuration or in the fonts.dir or fonts.scale files, simply judging by which programs have a problem and which don't. You should note that the xset statements should not be necessary at all to get the fonts to work for all your programs. They are only necessary to add fonts to an Xsession that is already started. You do not need these statements if you have restarted your server.

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Old 11-19-2003, 01:43 PM   #21
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i noticed this when i exited from X:

Could not init font path element /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/, removing from list!

any ideas? i could always get my fonts to work before(through xfstt) but i'm a bit stumped on this. i can only get programs that use fontconfig to recognise them
Old 11-19-2003, 04:24 PM   #22
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i figured it out!

i decided to try adding fonts by their corresponding alphabet letter(to save time). when i got to "F", i would get the xset +fp... error. turns out that i had 2 fonts that started with "F" but they had spaces in the file name. apparently xset doesn't like that, so i changed it and i'm on my way
Old 12-26-2003, 11:59 AM   #23
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truetype fonts install

Thanks to Rodrin for that superb original post back in May. It simplified the whole process of installing Truetype fonts.

Just a couple extra notes that seemed to be necessary (for me in Slackware 9.1).

Fonts starting with an uppercase letter need to be renamed to start with a lowercase letter. The presence of fonts starting with an uppercase letter seems to stop some apps (for me, the gimp and gnp+) from recognising all of the newly installed Truetype fonts. In fact to be sure, I changed all characters in the font name to lowercase. Not sure if this is necessary. Rerun fc-cache, mkfontscale, and mkfontdir after changing the font names.

The fonts.scale file seems to need permissions of 444. Easy to change this to 644 without trying, when you change permissions on the *.ttf files, and it seemed to create problems for me until changed back to 444.

Hope this helps.


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