Fonts! I'm so confused.

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Sun Aug 18 11:45:31 PDT 2002

Seng Huat Yeoh wrote:

> Hi,
> I hardly understand how ttmkdir/fonts.dir/fonts.scale work.   After 
> having copied ms-sans-serif.ttf into /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/ and 
> ran ttmkdir > fonts.dir, the contents of fonts.dir are updated to 
> include the new font.
> When running xfontsel,  the 'pxlsz' list only contain '*', '0' and 
> '12' options.   Why does other fonts like helvetica has various pxlsz 
> to choose from?
> More importantly, I wish someone could explain to me the steps to take 
> after copying a ttf font into the TTF directory.    I really find 
> these font stuff rather confusing. 

 From BLFS:

Now change to the directory where you have your TrueType fonts and run

ttmkfdir -o fonts.scale &&

  -- Bruce

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