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mkfontscale - create an index of scalable font files for X
[ -b ] [ -s ] [ -o filename ] [ -x suffix ] [ -a encoding ] ... [ -f fuzz ] [
-l ] [ -e directory ] [ -p prefix ] [ -r prefix ] [ -n prefix ] [ -- ] [ directory
For each directory argument, mkfontscale reads all of the
scalable font files in the directory. For every font file found, an X11
font name (XLFD) is generated, and is written together with the file name
to a file fonts.scale in the directory.
The resulting fonts.scale file should
be checked and possibly manually edited before being used as input for
The format of the fonts.scale, fonts.dir
and encodings.dir files is documented in the mkfontdir(1)
- read bitmap fonts. By default, bitmap
fonts are ignored.
- ignore scalable fonts. By default, scalable fonts are
read. If -b is set, this flag has the side effect of enabling the reading
of fonts.scale files. -o filename send program output to filename; default
is fonts.scale if bitmap fonts are not being read, and fonts.dir if they
are. If filename is relative, it is created in the directory being processed.
If it is the special value -, output is written to standard output.
- -x suffix
- exclude all files with the specified suffix
- -a encoding
- add encoding to
the list of encodings searched for.
- -f fuzz
- set the fraction of characters
that may be missing in large encodings to fuzz percent. Defaults to 2%.
- Write fonts.dir files suitable for implementations that cannot reencode
legacy fonts (BDF and PCF). By default, it is assumed that the implementation
can reencode Unicode-encoded legacy fonts.
- specifies 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.
- Specifies a prefix that is prepended to the encoding file path names
when they are written to the "encodings.dir" file. The prefix is prepended
litterally: if a `/' is required between the prefix and the path names, it
must be supplied explicitly as part of the prefix.
- 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
- do not scan for
fonts, do not write font directory files. This option is useful when generating
encoding directories only.
- end of options.
will overwrite any fonts.scale file even if it has been hand-edited.
-b -s -l is equivalent to mkfontdir.
Mkfontscale was written by Juliusz
Chroboczek <email@example.com> for the XFree86 project. The functionality
of this program was inspired by the ttmkfdir utility by Joerg Pommnitz.
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