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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       update-fonts-dir - compile fonts.dir files

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       update-fonts-dir directory ...

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       update-fonts-dir  creates  a  fonts.dir	file in an X font directory by
       invoking mkfontdir(1) 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
       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-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 package'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 for fonts.dir files is  given  in  the  mkfontdir(1)	manual

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

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]

       update-fonts-dir exits with status 1 if its  arguments  are  absent  or

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       update-fonts-dir is written and copyrighted by Branden Robinson.  It is
       licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2.

Debian GNU/Linux		  16 Mar 2001		   update-fonts-dir(8)
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