Bug 90154 - mkfontdir is missing release-notes
mkfontdir is missing release-notes
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rhl-release-notes-x86 (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Ed Bailey
Ed Bailey
: 97171 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2003-05-03 13:57 EDT by Stig Nielsen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:53 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-06-04 13:58:44 EDT
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Description Stig Nielsen 2003-05-03 13:57:23 EDT
Description of problem:
When following the release notes for adding fonts you are presented with the
following message:
chkfontpath: error opening /usr/share/fonts/local/fonts.dir, unwilling to add path

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Redhat 9.0

How reproducible:
always on new installations

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create the /usr/share/fonts/local/  directory (if it doesn't already exist):

mkdir /usr/share/fonts/local/

If you had to create /usr/share/fonts/local/, you must then add it to the X font
server (xfs) path:
chkfontpath --add /usr/share/fonts/local/

Corrective action:
Modify the release notes:

1. Create the /usr/share/fonts/local/  directory (if it doesn't already exist):

mkdir /usr/share/fonts/local/

If you had to create /usr/share/fonts/local/, you must then first create
fonts.dir add the new directory to the X font server (xfs) path:

cd /usr/share/fonts/local 

chkfontpath --add /usr/share/fonts/local/

2. Copy the new font file into /usr/share/fonts/local/

3. Update the font information by issuing the following command:

ttmkfdir -d /usr/share/fonts/local/ -o /usr/share/fonts/local/fonts.scale

4. Reload the xfs font server using the following command:

service xfs reload
Comment 1 Owen Taylor 2003-05-05 16:44:05 EDT
Probably the addition of mkfontdir is needed, but the ordering should be:


Since the fonts.scale is needed for fonts.dir. 

However, trying this out, I'm getting an empty fonts.scale, so some
more studying is needed to figure that out.
Comment 2 Ed Bailey 2003-06-04 13:58:44 EDT
Hmmmm, WORKSFORME (Owen's sequence, that is -- the release notes as written is
definitely wrong).  Thanks for bring this to our attention!

I'm going to close this as NEXTRELEASE; the updated instructions will appear in
the release notes for the next release of Red Hat Linux.
Comment 3 Ed Bailey 2003-06-11 09:50:43 EDT
*** Bug 97171 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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