create fonts.dir file from directory of font files
For each directory argument, mkfontdir
reads all of the font files in the
directory searching for properties named ``FONT'',
or (failing that) the name
of the file stripped of its suffix. These are used as font names, which are
written out to the file fonts.dir
in the directory along with the name of
the font file.
The kinds of font files read by mkfontdir
depend on configuration parameters, but typically include
PCF (suffix .pcf),
SNF (suffix .snf) and
BDF (suffix .bdf).
If a font exists in multiple formats, mkfontdir
will first choose PCF, then SNF and
Because scalable font files do not usually include the X font name, the
fonts.dir file in directories containing such fonts must
be edited by hand to include the appropriate entries for those fonts.
However, when mkfontdir
is run, all of those additions will be lost, so be careful.
Font name aliases
The file fonts.alias, which can be put in any directory of
the font path, is used to map new names to existing fonts, and should
be edited by hand. The format consists of
two white-space separated columns, the first containing aliases
and the second containing font-name patterns.
When a font alias is used, the name it references is searched for in the normal
manner, looking through each font directory in turn. This means that the
aliases need not mention fonts in the same directory as the alias file.
To embed white-space in either name, simply enclose them in double-quote
marks. To embed double-quote marks (or any other character), precede them
with a backslash:
"magic-alias with spaces" "\"font\name\" with quotes"
If the string FILE_NAMES_ALIASES
stands alone on a line, each filename
in the directory (stripped of its suffix) will be used as an alias for
Both the X server and the Font Server look for
and fonts.alias files in each directory in the font
path each time the font path is set. See
for more information.
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003