Sunday, July 20, 2008


Installing TTF fonts under Debian

I am still not sure I am fully understand the inner workings of fonts under Linux; using hints from this page, here is how I recently installed RedHat Liberations fonts under Debian:

cd /tmp
# using link from
tar -xvzf liberation-fonts-1.04.tar.gz
cd liberation-fonts-1.04
# remove everything except font *.ttf files
rm `ls -1 | grep -iv \.ttf$`
# I prefer to install under /usr/local, but it's irrelevant
mkdir -p /usr/local/share/fonts/truetype
cp -pr /tmp/liberation-fonts-1.04  /usr/local/share/fonts/truetype/liberation-fonts
# defoma is Perl-based; for some reason, some required Perl dependencies weren't
# installed by default
apt-get install libft-perl
defoma-hints -c --no-question truetype \
            /usr/local/share/fonts/truetype/liberation-fonts/* > 
defoma-font register-all /etc/defoma/hints/liberation-fonts.hints
xset fp rehash 

I just hope one day I'll understand what all of that really means....

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