How to enable japanese font support?

Björn Lindberg at
Thu Aug 15 17:25:41 PDT 2002

Steve Bougerolle wrote:
> Hello
> > I wonder, is it simply downloading japanese TTF packs (any available?) and
> > putting it into /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/ ?
> It's almost that simple.  The only tricky part is to make sure they get
> listed in fonts.dir and fonts.scale WITH THE RIGHT ENCODING.  The usual
> ttmkfdir/mkfontdir routine just adds them in using ASCII or some such.
> Go in by hand after and add duplicate font lines with whatever encoding
> you want (JIS, ISO10646 or whatever).
> It SHOULD work after that.  Input is a whole other matter, however.
> Fonts are available from lots of places (can't remember many names
> immediately, though).  Look for intlfonts from GNU, copy the Windoze
> fonts if you have Win98, search the web.  Some fonts are much better
> quality than others.  You'll probably want decent Chinese fonts, too, so
> let me save you time and tell you what to use: download the Arphic BIG5
> and GB2312 fonts (search "arphic" and you'll find their site quickly).

Erm... my chinese must be a little rusty, I can't find which files to
download. :-) I get to the page with free font downloads, and there are
a few possible zip-files to download. The names are not really helpful:,,,

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