Bug 1424 - XFree86-XFS comes with freetype, but no mkttfontdir
XFree86-XFS comes with freetype, but no mkttfontdir
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-03-04 14:49 EST by Hans de Goede
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-03-22 09:57:20 EST
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Description Hans de Goede 1999-03-04 14:49:03 EST
Not really a bug but wouldn't it be nice to
include mkttfontdir, since XFree now comes with truetype

Also freetype or maybe it's mkttfontdir's fault generate X
font entries which netscape doesn't really like, it accepts
them but doesn't see them as scalable. Xfstt on the other
hand works with some kind of special encoding in the font
names which netscape seems to understand reasonable well.
Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 1999-03-19 13:58:59 EST
assigned to pbrown
Comment 2 Preston Brown 1999-03-22 09:56:59 EST
xfstt doesn't even use X compatible fonts.scale and fonts.dir,
actually it deviates from the X font specification rather majorly in
several areas.  This is why we have decided to use Xfstt instead of
xfsft.  mkttfontdir should be included in the freetype package; it is
packaged there instead of with X directly, because it most directly
relates to freetype.  Until X officially has TrueType support (instead
of our patches) this will most likely remain the case.

I know about the Netscape scaling issue, but see this more as a fault
of Netscape than of the font server.  Other programs don't have this
Comment 3 Preston Brown 1999-03-22 09:57:59 EST
I'm sorry, where I say "use xfstt instead of xfsft" the two font
server names should be reversed.  We use xfsft not xfstt.

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