Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 195527
scalable PostScript fonts from ghostscript-fonts package cannot be added to font path
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:35 EST
The basic problem here is: how do I make scalable Type-1 Postscript (Times,
Courier etc) available system-wide (i.e include them in the font path)?
I think these fonts are supplied by ghostscript-fonts-5.50-13.1 (residing in
/usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript) but they can't be added to the font path
because there is no fonts.dir file:
If I type
chkfontpath -a /usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript
I get the error message:
chkfontpath: error opening /usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript/fonts.dir,
unwilling to add path
This is mysterious because if you go to sourceforge or rpmfind then you can
download ghostscript-fonts-8.11-1ht which offers the scalable PostScript fonts,
including a fonts.dir file so that they can be added to the font path and used
Why doesn't Fedora Core include ghostscript-fonts-8.11-1ht then?
PS: By the way, the package urw-fonts-2.3-6.1 offers a bunch of scalable fonts
(residing in /usr/share/fonts/default/Type1) which CAN be added to the font
path, but these do not include the standard PostScript "Times", "Courier", etc.
Yeah - right! Next thing, you'll be asking for ghostscript 8.54. which is
under GPL now!
It is a shame that Fedora's ghostscript historically is just OLD! It is too
much work to keep it up to date, I guess.
Actually we track ESP GhostScript -- as we have been asked to many times. We
are at the very latest version of that.
OK, that addresses Comment #1. But the bug that I am reporting is to do with the
way the ghostscript fonts are packaged, not to do with which version of
ghostscript is being used.
Basically I am saying: Please can you make ghostscript-fonts-5.50-13.1 be more
like urw-fonts-2.3-6.1 and include a fonts.dir file.