update-fonts-scaleSection: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: 10 November 1999
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NAMEupdate-fonts-scale - compile fonts.scale files
SYNOPSISupdate-fonts-scale directory ...
DESCRIPTIONupdate-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-installation and post-removal scripts of a package containing scalable fonts (whose X LFD font names are not in the font files themselves) for the X Window System, 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 assemble /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.scale from the files found in /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale.
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 package's 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 /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/fonts.scale.
The format for fonts.scale files is given in the mkfontdir(1) manual page.
DIAGNOSTICSupdate-fonts-scale exits with status 1 if its arguments are absent or invalid.
BUGSSee <http://bugs.debian.org/xbase-clients>. If you wish to report a bug in update-fonts-scale, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt, the bug(1) command, or the reportbug(1) command.
AUTHORupdate-fonts-scale is written and copyrighted by Branden Robinson. It is licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2.
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