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Re: Debian Font Guide for Newbies and the Confused

csj wrote:
At Sat, 18 Oct 2003 05:46:15 +1000,
Rob Weir wrote:

On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 07:59:16AM +0800, csj said

On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 03:27:14 +1000, Rob Weir wrote:

Yes, defoma aka "Debian Font Manager".  When you install a
new font, it handles setting up symlinks and such so that
you can just point X at
/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType, and leave
it alone.  Without defoma, you'd have to point X at
wherever fonts installed themselves, and update the various
fonts.* files that live next to the fonts.

I have two problems with such a setup:

First is that the official xserver-xfree86 package appears
not to be defoma- or at least x-ttcidfont-conf-aware.  So I
have to do a trick or two with my favorite editor after
reconfiguring xserver-xfree86.  (Actually the editor part is
just cat font_path.txt >> XF86Config-4) Should this be filed
as a wishlist bug?

No, it will be handled by a different system.  See bug #202096.

Second is that I have a program that for some reason doesn't
recognize symlinks.

Which symlinks?  In
/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType?  X or your
fontserver looks in there, no user X program needs ever touch
them, they get all their font data from the X server.

Real world case:  scribus (probably the best GPL'ed or better DTP

Not to deviate too much - but still under this topic:
Reading the information on font servers, it would appear that my preferred setup would be to install all my fonts on a single server, setup XFT on that machine, and then point all my X workstations at that XFT server. But doing this does not appear to give me all my fonts in different programs. Am I better off with sharing that server's font directory and not using XFT at all?

I primarily utilize TrueType fonts - and I'm still supporting Windoze applications with Wine.


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