update-canna-dics_dir - compile dics.dir file
update-canna-dics_dir assembles a dics.dir file in the Canna dictionary
using one or more alias files found in a subdirectory of
/etc/X11/fonts/. It is typically invoked only from the post-
installation and post-removal scripts of a package containing fonts
(that provide aliases for their names) for the X Window System, but may
be invoked at any time to reconstruct fonts.alias files. For each
directory, which is either an absolute path to an X font directory or
(preferably) simply the last component of its path (such as "75dpi" or
"misc"), update-canna-dics_dir will assemble
/usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.alias from the files found in
This enables multiple packages to provide aliases for fonts in the same
directory. No font package actually provides the fonts.alias file in
the X font directory itself, so there is no danger of overwriting one
package’s aliases with those of another.
For instance, the two packages "xfonts-base" and "xfonts-cjk" may both
install fonts into the directory /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc. They each
place their fonts.alias files in /etc/X11/fonts/misc/xfonts-base.alias
and /etc/X11/fonts/misc/xfonts-cjk.alias (respectively). update-canna-
dics_dir concatenates these two files (as well as any others that match
/etc/X11/fonts/misc/*.alias) into /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc/fonts.alias.
The format for fonts.alias files is given in the mkfontdir(1) manual
An example of how to use update-canna-dics_dir in package maintainer
scripts is provided in the Debian Policy Manual.
update-canna-dics_dir exits with status 1 if its arguments are absent
See <http://bugs.debian.org/canna>. If you wish to report a bug in
update-canna-dics_dir, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-
reporting.txt, the bug(1) command, or the reportbug(1) command.
update-canna-dics_dir is written and copyrighted by ISHIKAWA Mutsumi.
It is licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2.