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

       update-fonts-scale - generate fonts.scale files

       update-fonts-scale directory ...

       update-fonts-scale  assembles a fonts.scale file in an X font directory
       using  one  or  more  scale  files   found   in   a   subdirectory   of
       /etc/X11/fonts/.   It is typically invoked only from the post-installa-
       tion and post-removal scripts of a package  containing  scalable  fonts
       usable  by  the  X  Window System whose X LFD font names are not in the
       font files themselves, but may be invoked at any  time  to  reconstruct
       fonts.scale  files.   For  each  directory, which is either an absolute
       path to an X font directory or (preferably) simply the  last  component
       of its path (such as '75dpi' or 'misc'), update-fonts-scale will assem-
       ble /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.scale from the index files found
       at /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, where package is the name of
       the package installing the fonts.

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

       For   instance,   the   two   packages   'xfonts-scalable'  (real)  and
       'xfonts-nifty' (hypothetical) may both install fonts into the directory
       /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1.   They  each place their fonts.scale files in
       /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-scalable.scale                          and
       /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-nifty.scale                 (respectively).
       update-fonts-scale concatenates these two files (as well as any  others
       that          match          /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/*.scale)         into

       The format for fonts.scale files is given in the  mkfontdir(1x)  manual

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

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

       update-fonts-scale 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-scale 75dpi
       is correct, while  'update-fonts-scale  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi'
       and 'update-fonts-scale /usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi' are not.

              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.

       DEBUG  determines whether low-level diagnostic messages are  issued  to
              standard  error output.  A null (empty) or unset value indicates
              that they are not, and a non-null value indicates that they are.

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

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-scale 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.

       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-scale  skipped

       Notes  are  only  displayed  under special circumstances; see "ENVIRON-
       MENT".  above.

       note: index references nonexistent font file filename
              The index file /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, refers to
              a  nonexistent font file, filename.  This is normal when package
              has been removed, but not purged from the system.  In other cir-
              cumstances, it likely indicates an error in package.

       0      update-fonts-scale ran successfully.

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

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

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

       update-fonts-scale was written by Branden Robinson.


Debian Project                    2004-11-12             update-fonts-scale(8)