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MKFONTDIR(1)                                                      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  them-
       selves,  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, and can be created with the mkfontscale(1)  program.

       The  file "fonts.alias", which can be put in any directory of the font-path, is used to map new names to exist-
       ing 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

       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

       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 information.

       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  encod-
              ing directories only.

       -p     Specify  a prefix that is prepended to the encoding file path names when they are written to the "encod-
              ings.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  cur-
              rent  directory.   The positioning of this options is significant, as this option only applies to subse-
              quent -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 xset(1)).

       fonts.scale    List  of  scalable fonts in the directory.  Contents are copied to fonts.dir by mkfontdir.   Can
                      be created with mkfontscale(1).

       fonts.alias    List of font name aliases.  Read by the X server and font server each time the font path is  set
                      (see xset(1)).

       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 opened.

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

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