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Old 06-20-2003, 05:39 AM   #1
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installing TTF fonts

Hello everybody!

Recently I have switched to Slack8.1, and as always I wanted to install
True Type Fonts. All TTF fonts I have copied from WindowsXP.
Then in Linux, I opened Kcontrol -> Fonts. And tried to install fonts, but
KControl said the fonts are corrupted ( but I know they aren't).
How can I install normal fonts? Maybe I can register them in the system manually?
Old 06-20-2003, 09:51 AM   #2
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become root. (su)

copy your fonts into a suitable directory. /usr/fonts is a good choice, make a subdirectory perhaps, (mkdir /usr/fonts/myfonts)

cd into the directory and run


at this point two new files, fonts.dir and fonts.scale should be created, by those commands.

All you need to do is add this new directory to you X config file. open /etc/X11/XF86Config with your favorite text editor, and locate the lines which are like

FontPath "/usr/share/font"


Add your own newly created font directory in there :

FontPath "/usr/share/font/myfonts"

and restart X. Have fun with your truetype fonts

PS: These instructions are for slack 9 (that i run) , and I do not have any idea if they would work in 8.1 , so sorry if they don't
Old 06-21-2003, 12:43 AM   #3
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Actually they are right on the money for Slack 8.1 (except for accidentally leaving out the "share" in the directory path in the first part of the reply of course - the directory intended is /usr/share/fonts). It is not the whole picture with Slackware 9, but if you use the /usr/share/fonts directory or create a subdirectory of it (no matter what you name it), it will work for everything in Slack 9 as well because the rest will be done automatically, but for it to be done automatically you must restart your computer rather than just X.
Old 06-21-2003, 03:13 AM   #4
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interesting ... can't find mkfontscale ???
Old 06-21-2003, 07:38 AM   #5
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When installing fonts with kcontrol the filenames off the ttf fonts MUST be all lowercase.
Or it wont work.

Last edited by ronin77; 06-21-2003 at 07:39 AM.
Old 06-21-2003, 07:55 AM   #6
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can someone e-mail me mkfontscale file.


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