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       update-fonts-dir - compile fonts.dir files


       update-fonts-dir [OPTION] directory ...


       update-fonts-dir  creates  a  fonts.dir  file in an X font directory by
       invoking mkfontdir(1x) with the appropriate arguments.  It is typically
       invoked  only  from the post-installation and post-removal scripts of a
       package containing fonts for the X Window System, but may be invoked at
       any  time to reconstruct fonts.dir files.  For each directory, which is
       simply the last component of its path  (such  as  ‘75dpi’  or  ‘misc’),
       update-fonts-dir             will            generate            either
       /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.dir                               or
       /usr/share/fonts/X11/directory/fonts.dir  from the fonts.scale and font
       files found within it.

       This enables multiple packages to provide names for fonts in  the  same
       directory.  No font package actually provides the fonts.dir file in the
       X font directory itself, so there  is  no  danger  of  overwriting  one
       package’s font names with those of another.

       For  instance, the two packages ‘xfonts-base’ (real) and ‘xfonts-nifty’
       (hypothetical)   may   both   install   fonts   into   the    directory
       /usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc,  and  update-fonts-dir  will  ensure  that the
       fonts.dir file in that directory contains information  about  the  font
       files provided by both packages.

       The  format of fonts.dir files is described in the mkfontdir(1x) manual

       An example of how to use update-fonts-dir in package maintainer scripts
       is provided in the Debian Policy Manual.


       -h, --help displays a brief usage message and exits.

       -7,  --x11r7-layout  switches  the font layout to the one introduced in
       X11R7: fonts in /usr/share/fonts/X11/directory (default  is:  fonts  in


       update-fonts-dir takes one or more X font directory names to operate on
       as operands.  Only the final  path  component  of  the  directory  name
       should be specified; e.g.,
              update-fonts-dir 75dpi
       is correct, while ‘update-fonts-dir /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi’ and
       ‘update-fonts-dir /usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi’ are not.


              indicates the width of the terminal device in  character  cells.
              This  value  is used for formatting diagnostic messages.  If not
              set, the terminal is queried  using  stty(1)  to  determine  its
              width.  If that fails, a value of ‘80’ is assumed.


       usage error: one or more font directories must be provided
              update-fonts-dir  was  invoked  without operands.  Supply one or
              more X font directory names to operate on.

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-dir  was  invoked  with  an   unrecognized   option
              argument.   Use only the options documented in “OPTIONS”, above.

       fatal error: path to X font directory must be used
              A directory name was supplied that was not an X  font  directory
              name.  Supply X font directory names only.

       warning: absolute path directory was provided
              Usage  of  absolute  paths  is  deprecated.   Use only the final
              component of the X font directory name for directory.

       warning: directory does not exist or is not a directory
              The supplied directory was  invalid.   update-fonts-dir  skipped


       0      update-fonts-dir ran successfully.

       1      update-fonts-dir  experienced  a fatal error; see the section on
              diagnostic messages above.

       2      update-fonts-dir was invoked with invalid arguments.


       See        the        Debian        Bug         Tracking         System
       〈〉.   If you wish to report a bug in
       update-fonts-dir, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or
       the reportbug(1) command.


       update-fonts-dir was written by Branden Robinson.