Understanding Font Paths
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I am running kde under debian unstable and something weird has suddenly
happened to the fonts in konsole.
Before starting, I should state that I "think" I am running the Xserver
without an additional font server (ie neither xfs or xfs-xtt, not xfstt), as
I can't quite understand why I should need it . I presume that the
libfreetype module loaded by the x-server should suffice.[So if someone can
explain why ought to use pne of the above font servers I would be interested
Anyway, I have started to look at the various packages and config files that
seem to be in use and as far as I can see, I have at least four copies of
some x fonts (particularly the truetype ones) stored on my system
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts (with /usr/lib/X11/fonts via symlink)
/var/lib/defoma/gs.d/dirs/fonts (not sure this is not just ghostscript - but
there are truetype fonts in this directory)
Why the separate places, and which one is correct.
My /etc/X11/XFConfig-4 has the following in it
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
Since this part of the the file is controlled by debconf - why has it not
added the /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs lines into XFConfig-4.
As you can see /usr/share/fonts does not figure - however, the package
xfonts-konsole puts its fonts into the top level of /usr/share/fonts (in a
compressed form?) and then there are type1 and truetype subdirectories with
further directories underneath.
Now in /etc/fonts/fonts.conf there is a list of directories that includes
/usr/share/fonts but NOT /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs
On top of all of this, there is a kde font installer. It seems to know about
fonts - but I have no idea what it is actually manipulating)
I am very confused - could do with some enlightenment.
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