Bug 74952 - ref-guide makes no mention of fonts.conf only xfs
ref-guide makes no mention of fonts.conf only xfs
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rhl-rg (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Johnray Fuller
Tammy Fox
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Reported: 2002-10-02 22:40 EDT by Chris Hubick
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:47 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-02-07 17:42:41 EST
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Description Chris Hubick 2002-10-02 22:40:07 EDT
The Red Hat 8 manual, Reference Guide, Fonts section, at:


describes how to configure your fonts under Psyche, but fails to make any
mention of /etc/fonts/fonts.conf !!!

Gah!  Bad!
Comment 1 Chris Hubick 2002-10-03 14:18:38 EDT
"The creation of the fonts.dir file, as well as any other files used by xfs with
these fonts, is beyond the scope of this document."

Note: I take some issue with that statement as well.  I think the scope of the
document may need to be adjusted.  I don't remember seeing this covered in any
of the Redhat Install/Getting Started/Reference guides.  At the very least there
should be a link to an appropriate HOWTO.
Comment 2 Johnray Fuller 2002-10-14 18:14:15 EDT
I will investigate this issue and see about adding it to the next release.

I am leaving this open until a final decision has been made.

Thanks you so much for calling this to my attention.

Comment 3 Gene Czarcinski 2002-11-12 16:33:22 EST
Yes, the whole issue of the two font systems (xfs for legacy applications) and
Xft/fontconfig (for gtk2-gnome2/qt3) needs to be addressed.

Whether this belongs in the reference guide or the configuration guide is
another good question.

In addition, it might me a good idea to incorporate some or the font
direction/strategy that Mike Harris put on the phsyche-list mailing list.
Comment 4 Johnray Fuller 2002-11-13 13:11:49 EST
I'll search the mailing list archives for Mike's Posts.

This has been added as a feature request for the next version of the Ref Guide,
just so you know.

Thanks a million for catching this. I'll close the bug once the content is
actually written.

Take care,
Comment 5 Chris Ricker 2002-11-14 22:36:12 EST
See also Bug 77705, which I filed against the CG requesting font config info....
Comment 6 Johnray Fuller 2003-02-07 17:42:41 EST
K, so it's in the next release.

I am closing this bug.

Thank you so much for your help!


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