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update-fonts-dir(8)					   update-fonts-dir(8)

       update-fonts-dir - compile fonts.dir files

       update-fonts-dir [OPTION] directory ...

       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   either   /usr/lib/X11/fonts/direc
       tory/fonts.dir  or  /usr/share/fonts/X11/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
       ages 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

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

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

       -7, --x11r7-layout switches the font layout to the  one	introduced  in
       X11R7:  fonts  in  /usr/share/fonts/X11/directory (default is: fonts in

       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.

	      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.

       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.

       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

       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.

       See	  the	     Debian	   Bug	       Tracking 	System
       http://bugs.debian.org/xfonts-utils.   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.

       update-fonts-dir was written by Branden Robinson.


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

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