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X11R7.4 - man page for mkfontdir (x11r4 section 1)

MKFONTDIR(1)									     MKFONTDIR(1)

       mkfontdir - create an index of X font files in a directory

       mkfontdir [-n] [-x suffix] [-r] [-p prefix] [-e encoding-directory-name] ...  [--] [direc-
       tory-name ... ]

       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 converted to lower case and used as font names, and, along with the
       name  of  the  font file, are written out to the file "fonts.dir" in the directory.  The X
       server and font server use "fonts.dir" to find font files.

       The kinds of font files read by mkfontdir depend on configuration  parameters,  but  typi-
       cally 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 finally BDF.

       The first line of fonts.dir gives the number of fonts in the file.   The  remaining  lines
       list  the  fonts  themselves,  one per line, in two fields.  First is the name of the font
       file, followed by a space and the name of the font.

       Because scalable font files do not usually include the X font name, the file "fonts.scale"
       can  be	used  to  name	the  scalable fonts in the directory.  The fonts listed in it are
       copied to fonts.dir by mkfontdir.  "fonts.scale" has the same format  as  the  "fonts.dir"
       file, and can be created with the mkfontscale(1) program.

       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 is two  white-space
       separated  columns,  the first containing aliases and the second containing font-name pat-
       terns.  Lines beginning with "!" are comment lines and are ignored.

       If neither the alias nor the value specifies the size fields of the font name, this  is	a
       scalable  alias.   A  font  name of any size that matches this alias will be mapped to the
       same size of the font that the alias resolves to.

       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 it in  double-quote	marks;	to  embed
       double-quote marks (or any other character), precede them with back-slash:

       "magic-alias with spaces"     "\"font name\" with quotes"
       regular-alias		fixed

       If the string "FILE_NAMES_ALIASES" stands alone on a line, each file-name in the directory
       (stripped of its suffix) will be used as an alias for that font.

       The option -e can be used to specify a directory with encoding files.  Every  such  direc-
       tory  is  scanned  for  encoding  files,  the  list of which is then written to an "encod-
       ings.dir" file in every font directory.	The "encodings.dir" file is used by the server to
       find encoding information.

       The  "encodings.dir"  file  has	the  same  format as "fonts.dir".  It maps encoding names
       (strings of the form CHARSET_REGISTRY-CHARSET_ENCODING ) to encoding file names.

       The following options are supported:

       -e     Specify a directory containing encoding files.  The -e option may be specified mul-
	      tiple  times,  and  all  the  specified directories will be read.  The order of the
	      entries is significant, as encodings found in earlier directories override those in
	      later  ones;  encoding  files in the same directory are discriminated by preferring
	      compressed versions.

       -n     do not scan for fonts, do not write font directory files.  This  option  is  useful
	      when generating encoding directories only.

       -p     Specify  a  prefix  that is prepended to the encoding file path names when they are
	      written to the "encodings.dir" file.  The prefix is prepended as-is.  If a  `/'  is
	      required	between  the prefix and the path names, it must be supplied explicitly as
	      part of the prefix.

       -r     Keep non-absolute encoding directories in their  relative  form  when  writing  the
	      "encodings.dir"  file.   The default is to convert relative encoding directories to
	      absolute directories by prepending the current directory.  The positioning of  this
	      options is significant, as this option only applies to subsequent -e options.

       -x suffix
	      Ignore fonts files of type suffix.

       --     End options.

       fonts.dir      List  of	fonts in the directory and the files they are stored in.  Created
		      by mkfontdir.  Read by the X server and font server each time the font path
		      is set (see xset(1)).

       fonts.scale    List  of scalable fonts in the directory.  Contents are copied to fonts.dir
		      by mkfontdir.   Can be created with mkfontscale(1).

       fonts.alias    List of font name aliases.  Read by the X server and font server each  time
		      the font path is set (see xset(1)).

       encodings.dir  List  of	known  encodings  and  the  files they are stored in.  Created by
		      mkfontdir.  Read by the X server and font server each time a font  with  an
		      unknown charset is opened.

       X(7), Xserver(1), mkfontscale(1), xfs(1), xset(1)

X Version 11				 mkfontdir 1.0.4			     MKFONTDIR(1)

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