Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1424
XFree86-XFS comes with freetype, but no mkttfontdir
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:49 EDT
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.
assigned to pbrown
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
I'm sorry, where I say "use xfstt instead of xfsft" the two font
server names should be reversed. We use xfsft not xfstt.