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MKFONTDIR(1)            FreeBSD General Commands Manual           MKFONTDIR(1)

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

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

       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 patterns.  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 directory is scanned for encoding files, the list of which
       is then written to an "encodings.dir" file in every font directory.
       The "encodings.dir" file is used by the server to find encoding

       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 multiple 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

       fonts.scale    List of scalable fonts in the directory.  Contents are
                      copied to fonts.dir by mkfontdir.

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

       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

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

XFree86                          Version 4.7.0                    MKFONTDIR(1)


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