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update-fonts-scale(8)					 update-fonts-scale(8)

       update-fonts-scale - generate fonts.scale files

       update-fonts-scale [OPTION] 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	either	     /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.scale	    or
       /usr/share/fonts/X11/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
       packages 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/xfonts-utils.   If you wish to report a bug in
       update-fonts-scale, please see  /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt
       or the reportbug(1) command.

       update-fonts-scale was written by Branden Robinson.


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

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