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update-fonts-dir(8)         System Manager's Manual        update-fonts-dir(8)



NAME
       update-fonts-dir - compile fonts.dir files

SYNOPSIS
       update-fonts-dir directory ...

DESCRIPTION
       update-fonts-dir  creates  a  fonts.dir  file in an X font directory by
       invoking mkfontdir(1x) with the appropriate arguments.  It is typically
       invoked  only  from the post-installation and post-removal scripts of a
       package containing fonts for the X Window System, but may be invoked at
       any  time to reconstruct fonts.dir files.  For each directory, which is
       simply the last component of its path  (such  as  '75dpi'  or  'misc'),
       update-fonts-dir  will  generate /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.dir
       from the fonts.scale and font files found within it.

       This enables multiple packages to provide names for fonts in  the  same
       directory.  No font package actually provides the fonts.dir file in the
       X font directory itself, so there is no danger of overwriting one pack-
       age's font names with those of another.

       For  instance, the two packages 'xfonts-base' (real) and 'xfonts-nifty'
       (hypothetical)   may   both   install   fonts   into   the    directory
       /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc,  and  update-fonts-dir  will  ensure  that the
       fonts.dir file in that directory contains information  about  the  font
       files provided by both packages.

       The  format of fonts.dir files is described in the mkfontdir(1x) manual
       page.

       An example of how to use update-fonts-dir in package maintainer scripts
       is provided in the Debian Policy Manual.

OPTIONS
       -h, --help displays a brief usage message and exits.

OPERANDS
       update-fonts-dir takes one or more X font directory names to operate on
       as operands.  Only the final  path  component  of  the  directory  name
       should be specified; e.g.,
              update-fonts-dir 75dpi
       is correct, while 'update-fonts-dir /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi' and
       'update-fonts-dir /usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi' are not.

ENVIRONMENT
       COLUMNS
              indicates the width of the terminal device in  character  cells.
              This  value  is used for formatting diagnostic messages.  If not
              set, the terminal is queried  using  stty(1)  to  determine  its
              width.  If that fails, a value of '80' is assumed.

DIAGNOSTICS
   Errors
       usage error: one or more font directories must be provided
              update-fonts-dir  was  invoked  without operands.  Supply one or
              more X font directory names to operate on.

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-dir was invoked with an unrecognized  option  argu-
              ment.  Use only the options documented in "OPTIONS", above.

       fatal error: path to X font directory must be used
              A  directory  name was supplied that was not an X font directory
              name.  Supply X font directory names only.

   Warnings
       warning: absolute path directory was provided
              Usage of absolute paths is deprecated.  Use only the final  com-
              ponent of the X font directory name for directory.

       warning: directory does not exist or is not a directory
              The  supplied  directory  was invalid.  update-fonts-dir skipped
              it.

EXIT STATUS
       0      update-fonts-dir ran successfully.

       1      update-fonts-dir experienced a fatal error; see the  section  on
              diagnostic messages above.

       2      update-fonts-dir was invoked with invalid arguments.

BUGS
       See the Debian Bug Tracking System <http://bugs.debian.org/
       xbase-clients>.  If you wish  to  report  a  bug  in  update-fonts-dir,
       please  see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the reportbug(1)
       command.

AUTHOR
       update-fonts-dir was written by Branden Robinson.

SEE ALSO
       mkfontdir(1x)



Debian Project                    2004-11-11               update-fonts-dir(8)