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       fonts.conf - Font configuration files




       Fontconfig   is   a   library  designed  to  provide  system-wide  font
       configuration, customization and application access.


       Fontconfig contains two essential  modules,  the  configuration  module
       which  builds an internal configuration from XML files and the matching
       module which accepts font patterns and  returns  the  nearest  matching

       The  configuration  module  consists of the FcConfig datatype, libexpat
       and  FcConfigParse  which  walks  over  an  XML  tree  and   amends   a
       configuration  with  data  found  within. From an external perspective,
       configuration of the library consists of generating a  valid  XML  tree
       and feeding that to FcConfigParse. The only other mechanism provided to
       applications for changing the running configuration is to add fonts and
       directories to the list of application-provided font files.

       The intent is to make font configurations relatively static, and shared
       by as many applications as possible. It is hoped that this will lead to
       more  stable  font selection when passing names from one application to
       another.  XML was chosen as a  configuration  file  format  because  it
       provides  a  format  which  is  easy  for external agents to edit while
       retaining the correct structure and syntax.

       Font configuration is separate from font matching; applications needing
       to  do  their  own  matching  can  access  the available fonts from the
       library  and  perform  private  matching.  The  intent  is  to   permit
       applications  to  pick  and  choose  appropriate functionality from the
       library instead of forcing them to choose between this  library  and  a
       private configuration mechanism. The hope is that this will ensure that
       configuration of fonts for all applications can be centralized  in  one
       place.  Centralizing  font  configuration  will simplify and regularize
       font installation and customization.

       While font patterns may contain essentially any properties,  there  are
       some  well known properties with associated types. Fontconfig uses some
       of these properties for font matching and font completion.  Others  are
       provided as a convenience for the applications’ rendering mechanism.

         Property        Type    Description
         family          String  Font family names
         familylang      String  Languages corresponding to each family
         style           String  Font style. Overrides weight and slant
         stylelang       String  Languages corresponding to each style
         fullname        String  Font full names (often includes style)
         fullnamelang    String  Languages corresponding to each fullname
         slant           Int     Italic, oblique or roman
         weight          Int     Light, medium, demibold, bold or black
         size            Double  Point size
         width           Int     Condensed, normal or expanded
         aspect          Double  Stretches glyphs horizontally before hinting
         pixelsize       Double  Pixel size
         spacing         Int     Proportional, dual-width, monospace or charcell
         foundry         String  Font foundry name
         antialias       Bool    Whether glyphs can be antialiased
         hinting         Bool    Whether the rasterizer should use hinting
         hintstyle       Int     Automatic hinting style
         verticallayout  Bool    Use vertical layout
         autohint        Bool    Use autohinter instead of normal hinter
         globaladvance   Bool    Use font global advance data
         file            String  The filename holding the font
         index           Int     The index of the font within the file
         ftface          FT_Face Use the specified FreeType face object
         rasterizer      String  Which rasterizer is in use
         outline         Bool    Whether the glyphs are outlines
         scalable        Bool    Whether glyphs can be scaled
         scale           Double  Scale factor for point->pixel conversions
         dpi             Double  Target dots per inch
         rgba            Int     unknown, rgb, bgr, vrgb, vbgr,
                                 none - subpixel geometry
         lcdfilter       Int     Type of LCD filter
         minspace        Bool    Eliminate leading from line spacing
         charset         CharSet Unicode chars encoded by the font
         lang            String  List of RFC-3066-style languages this
                                 font supports
         fontversion     Int     Version number of the font
         capability      String  List of layout capabilities in the font
         embolden        Bool    Rasterizer should synthetically embolden the font

       Fontconfig  performs matching by measuring the distance from a provided
       pattern to all of the  available  fonts  in  the  system.  The  closest
       matching  font  is  selected.  This  ensures that a font will always be
       returned, but doesn’t ensure that it is  anything  like  the  requested

       Font  matching  starts  with  an  application  constructed pattern. The
       desired attributes of the resulting font are collected  together  in  a
       pattern.  Each  property of the pattern can contain one or more values;
       these are listed in priority order; matches earlier  in  the  list  are
       considered "closer" than matches later in the list.

       The  initial  pattern  is  modified  by  applying  the  list of editing
       instructions specific to patterns  found  in  the  configuration;  each
       consists of a match predicate and a set of editing operations. They are
       executed in the order they appeared in the  configuration.  Each  match
       causes the associated sequence of editing operations to be applied.

       After  the pattern has been edited, a sequence of default substitutions
       are performed to canonicalize the set  of  available  properties;  this
       avoids  the  need  for  the  lower layers to constantly provide default
       values for various font properties during rendering.

       The canonical font pattern is finally  matched  against  all  available
       fonts.   The distance from the pattern to the font is measured for each
       of  several  properties:  foundry,  charset,  family,  lang,   spacing,
       pixelsize,  style,  slant,  weight,  antialias, rasterizer and outline.
       This list is in priority order -- results of comparing earlier elements
       of this list weigh more heavily than later elements.

       There is one special case to this rule; family names are split into two
       bindings; strong and  weak.  Strong  family  names  are  given  greater
       precedence  in the match than lang elements while weak family names are
       given lower precedence than lang elements. This  permits  the  document
       language  to  drive  font selection when any document specified font is

       The  pattern  representing  that  font  is  augmented  to  include  any
       properties  found in the pattern but not found in the font itself; this
       permits the application to pass rendering  instructions  or  any  other
       data  through  the  matching  system.  Finally,  the  list  of  editing
       instructions specific to fonts found in the configuration  are  applied
       to the pattern. This modified pattern is returned to the application.

       The   return  value  contains  sufficient  information  to  locate  and
       rasterize the font, including the  file  name,  pixel  size  and  other
       rendering  data.  As  none  of the information involved pertains to the
       FreeType library, applications are free to use any rasterization engine
       or even to take the identified font file and access it directly.

       The  match/edit  sequences  in  the  configuration are performed in two
       passes because there are essentially two different operations necessary
       -- the first is to modify how fonts are selected; aliasing families and
       adding suitable defaults. The second is  to  modify  how  the  selected
       fonts  are  rasterized.  Those must apply to the selected font, not the
       original pattern as false matches will often occur.

       Fontconfig provides a textual  representation  for  patterns  that  the
       library  can  both  accept and generate. The representation is in three
       parts, first a list of family names, second a list of point  sizes  and
       finally a list of additional properties:

            <families>-<point sizes>:<name1>=<values1>:<name2>=<values2>...

       Values  in  a  list are separated with commas. The name needn’t include
       either families or point sizes; they can be elided. In addition,  there
       are  symbolic  constants that simultaneously indicate both a name and a
       value.  Here are some examples:

         Name                            Meaning
         Times-12                        12 point Times Roman
         Times-12:bold                   12 point Times Bold
         Courier:italic                  Courier Italic in the default size
         Monospace:matrix=1 .1 0 1       The users preferred monospace font
                                         with artificial obliquing

       The ’\’, ’-’, ’:’ and ’,’ characters in family names must be  preceeded
       by  a  ’\’  character  to  avoid having them misinterpreted. Similarly,
       values containing ’\’, ’=’, ’_’,  ’:’  and  ’,’  must  also  have  them
       preceeded  by  a  ’\’ character. The ’\’ characters are stripped out of
       the family name and values as the font name is read.


       To help diagnose font and applications problems,  fontconfig  is  built
       with  a  large  amount  of  internal  debugging  left  enabled.  It  is
       controlled by means of the FC_DEBUG environment variable. The value  of
       this  variable  is  interpreted  as  a number, and each bit within that
       value controls different debugging messages.

         Name         Value    Meaning
         MATCH            1    Brief information about font matching
         MATCHV           2    Extensive font matching information
         EDIT             4    Monitor match/test/edit execution
         FONTSET          8    Track loading of font information at startup
         CACHE           16    Watch cache files being written
         CACHEV          32    Extensive cache file writing information
         PARSE           64    (no longer in use)
         SCAN           128    Watch font files being scanned to build caches
         SCANV          256    Verbose font file scanning information
         MEMORY         512    Monitor fontconfig memory usage
         CONFIG        1024    Monitor which config files are loaded
         LANGSET       2048    Dump char sets used to construct lang values
         OBJTYPES      4096    Display message when value typechecks fail

       Add the value of the desired debug levels together and assign that  (in
       base  10)  to  the  FC_DEBUG  environment  variable  before running the
       application. Output from these statements is sent to stdout.


       Each font in the database contains a list  of  languages  it  supports.
       This is computed by comparing the Unicode coverage of the font with the
       orthography of each language. Languages are tagged  using  an  RFC-3066
       compatible  naming  and  occur in two parts -- the ISO 639 language tag
       followed a hyphen and then by the ISO 3166 country code. The hyphen and
       country code may be elided.

       Fontconfig  has  orthographies  for  several  languages  built into the
       library.  No provision has been made for adding  new  ones  aside  from
       rebuilding  the library. It currently supports 122 of the 139 languages
       named in ISO 639-1, 141 of the languages with two-letter codes from ISO
       639-2  and another 30 languages with only three-letter codes. Languages
       with both two and three letter codes are provided  with  only  the  two
       letter code.

       For  languages  used  in  multiple territories with radically different
       character sets, fontconfig includes per-territory  orthographies.  This
       includes Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Pashto, Tigrinya and Chinese.


       Configuration  files  for  fontconfig  are  stored  in XML format; this
       format makes external configuration tools easier to write  and  ensures
       that  they  will generate syntactically correct configuration files. As
       XML files are plain text, they can also be manipulated  by  the  expert
       user using a text editor.

       The  fontconfig document type definition resides in the external entity
       "fonts.dtd"; this is normally stored in the default font  configuration
       directory  (/etc/fonts).  Each  configuration  file  should contain the
       following structure:

            <?xml version="1.0"?>
            <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">

       This is the top level element for a font configuration and can  contain
       <dir>, <cache>, <include>, <match> and <alias> elements in any order.

       This  element  contains a directory name which will be scanned for font
       files to include in the set of available fonts.

       This element contains a file  name  for  the  per-user  cache  of  font
       information.  If  it  starts with ’~’, it refers to a file in the users
       home directory. This file is used to hold information about fonts  that
       isn’t  present  in  the  per-directory cache files. It is automatically
       maintained by the fontconfig library. The  default  for  this  file  is
       ‘‘~/.fonts.cache-<version>’’, where <version> is the font configuration
       file version number (currently 2).

       This element contains the name of an additional configuration  file  or
       directory.  If  a  directory, every file within that directory starting
       with an ASCII digit (U+0030  -  U+0039)  and  ending  with  the  string
       ‘‘.conf’’  will  be processed in sorted order. When the XML datatype is
       traversed by FcConfigParse, the contents of the file(s)  will  also  be
       incorporated  into  the  configuration  by  passing  the filename(s) to
       FcConfigLoadAndParse. If ’ignore_missing’ is set to  "yes"  instead  of
       the  default  "no",  a missing file or directory will elicit no warning
       message from the library.

       This element provides a place to consolidate  additional  configuration
       information.  <config> can contain <blank> and <rescan> elements in any

       Fonts often include "broken" glyphs which appear in  the  encoding  but
       are  drawn  as  blanks on the screen. Within the <blank> element, place
       each Unicode characters which is supposed  to  be  blank  in  an  <int>
       element.   Characters outside of this set which are drawn as blank will
       be elided from the set of characters supported by the font.

       The <rescan> element holds an <int> element which indicates the default
       interval  between  automatic  checks  for  font  configuration changes.
       Fontconfig will validate all of the configuration files and directories
       and   automatically  rebuild  the  internal  datastructures  when  this
       interval passes.

       This element is used to black/white list fonts  from  being  listed  or
       matched against. It holds acceptfont and rejectfont elements.

       Fonts  matched  by  an acceptfont element are "whitelisted"; such fonts
       are explicitly included in the set of fonts used to  resolve  list  and
       match  requests;  including  them in this list protects them from being
       "blacklisted" by a rejectfont element. Acceptfont elements include glob
       and pattern elements which are used to match fonts.

       Fonts  matched  by  an rejectfont element are "blacklisted"; such fonts
       are excluded from the set of fonts  used  to  resolve  list  and  match
       requests  as  if  they  didn’t exist in the system. Rejectfont elements
       include glob and pattern elements which are used to match fonts.

       Glob elements hold shell-style filename matching patterns (including  ?
       and *) which match fonts based on their complete pathnames. This can be
       used to exclude a set of directories  (/usr/share/fonts/uglyfont*),  or
       particular  font file types (*.pcf.gz), but the latter mechanism relies
       rather heavily on filenaming conventions which can’t  be  relied  upon.
       Note that globs only apply to directories, not to individual fonts.

       Pattern  elements  perform  list-style matching on incoming fonts; that
       is, they hold a list of elements and associated values. If all of those
       elements have a matching value, then the pattern matches the font. This
       can be used to select fonts based on attributes of the font  (scalable,
       bold,  etc),  which  is  a  more  reliable  mechanism  than  using file
       extensions.  Pattern elements include patelt elements.

       Patelt elements hold a single pattern element and list of values.  They
       must  have a ’name’ attribute which indicates the pattern element name.
       Patelt elements include int, double, string, matrix, bool, charset  and
       const elements.

       This element holds first a (possibly empty) list of <test> elements and
       then a (possibly empty) list of <edit> elements. Patterns  which  match
       all  of the tests are subjected to all the edits. If ’target’ is set to
       "font" instead of the default "pattern", then this element  applies  to
       the  font  name resulting from a match rather than a font pattern to be
       matched. If ’target’ is set to "scan", then this element  applies  when
       the font is scanned to build the fontconfig database.

       This  element contains a single value which is compared with the target
       (’pattern’,  ’font’,   ’scan’   or   ’default’)   property   "property"
       (substitute any of the property names seen above). ’compare’ can be one
       of "eq", "not_eq", "less", "less_eq", "more", or "more_eq". ’qual’  may
       either  be  the default, "any", in which case the match succeeds if any
       value associated with the property matches the test value, or "all", in
       which  case  all  of the values associated with the property must match
       the test value. When used  in  a  <match  target="font">  element,  the
       target=  attribute  in  the <test> element selects between matching the
       original pattern or the font. "default" selects  whichever  target  the
       outer <match> element has selected.

       This  element  contains a list of expression elements (any of the value
       or operator elements). The expression elements are  evaluated  at  run-
       time  and  modify  the property "property". The modification depends on
       whether  "property"  was  matched  by  one  of  the  associated  <test>
       elements,  if  so, the modification may affect the first matched value.
       Any values inserted into the property are given the  indicated  binding
       ("strong",  "weak"  or "same") with "same" binding using the value from
       the matched pattern element.  ’mode’ is one of:

         Mode                    With Match              Without Match
         "assign"                Replace matching value  Replace all values
         "assign_replace"        Replace all values      Replace all values
         "prepend"               Insert before matching  Insert at head of list
         "prepend_first"         Insert at head of list  Insert at head of list
         "append"                Append after matching   Append at end of list
         "append_last"           Append at end of list   Append at end of list

       These elements hold a  single  value  of  the  indicated  type.  <bool>
       elements  hold  either true or false. An important limitation exists in
       the parsing of floating point numbers -- fontconfig requires  that  the
       mantissa  start  with a digit, not a decimal point, so insert a leading
       zero for purely fractional values (e.g. use 0.5 instead of .5 and  -0.5
       instead of -.5).

       This   element   holds   the   four  <double>  elements  of  an  affine

       Holds a property name. Evaluates to the first value from  the  property
       of the font, not the pattern.

       Holds  the  name  of a constant; these are always integers and serve as
       symbolic names for common font values:

         Constant        Property        Value
         thin            weight          0
         extralight      weight          40
         ultralight      weight          40
         light           weight          50
         book            weight          75
         regular         weight          80
         normal          weight          80
         medium          weight          100
         demibold        weight          180
         semibold        weight          180
         bold            weight          200
         extrabold       weight          205
         black           weight          210
         heavy           weight          210
         roman           slant           0
         italic          slant           100
         oblique         slant           110
         ultracondensed  width           50
         extracondensed  width           63
         condensed       width           75
         semicondensed   width           87
         normal          width           100
         semiexpanded    width           113
         expanded        width           125
         extraexpanded   width           150
         ultraexpanded   width           200
         proportional    spacing         0
         dual            spacing         90
         mono            spacing         100
         charcell        spacing         110
         unknown         rgba            0
         rgb             rgba            1
         bgr             rgba            2
         vrgb            rgba            3
         vbgr            rgba            4
         none            rgba            5
         lcdnone         lcdfilter       0
         lcddefault      lcdfilter       1
         lcdlight        lcdfilter       2
         lcdlegacy       lcdfilter       3
         hintnone        hintstyle       0
         hintslight      hintstyle       1
         hintmedium      hintstyle       2
         hintfull        hintstyle       3

   <OR>, <AND>, <PLUS>, <MINUS>, <TIMES>, <DIVIDE>
       These elements perform the specified operation on a list of  expression
       elements. <or> and <and> are boolean, not bitwise.

   <EQ>, <NOT_EQ>, <LESS>, <LESS_EQ>, <MORE>, <MORE_EQ>
       These elements compare two values, producing a boolean result.

       Inverts the boolean sense of its one expression element

       This element takes three expression elements; if the value of the first
       is true, it produces the value of the second, otherwise it produces the
       value of the third.

       Alias elements provide a shorthand notation for the set of common match
       operations needed to substitute  one  font  family  for  another.  They
       contain  a <family> element followed by optional <prefer>, <accept> and
       <default> elements. Fonts matching the <family> element are  edited  to
       prepend  the  list of <prefer>ed families before the matching <family>,
       append the <accept>able families after the matching <family> and append
       the <default> families to the end of the family list.

       Holds a single font family name

       These  hold  a  list  of  <family>  elements  to be used by the <alias>


       This is an example of a system-wide configuration file

       <?xml version="1.0"?>
       <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
       <!-- /etc/fonts/fonts.conf file to configure system font access -->
            Find fonts in these directories

            Accept deprecated ’mono’ alias, replacing it with ’monospace’
       <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>mono</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign"><string>monospace</string></edit>

            Names not including any well known alias are given ’sans’
       <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">sans</test>
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">serif</test>
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">monospace</test>
            <edit name="family" mode="append_last"><string>sans</string></edit>

            Load per-user customization file, but don’t complain
            if it doesn’t exist
       <include ignore_missing="yes">~/.fonts.conf</include>

            Load local customization files, but don’t complain
            if there aren’t any
       <include ignore_missing="yes">conf.d</include>
       <include ignore_missing="yes">local.conf</include>

            Alias well known font names to available TrueType fonts.
            These substitute TrueType faces for similar Type1
            faces to improve screen appearance.
            <prefer><family>Times New Roman</family></prefer>
            <prefer><family>Courier New</family></prefer>

            Provide required aliases for standard names
            Do these after the users configuration file so that
            any aliases there are used preferentially
            <prefer><family>Times New Roman</family></prefer>
            <prefer><family>Andale Mono</family></prefer>

       This is an example of a  per-user  configuration  file  that  lives  in

       <?xml version="1.0"?>
       <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
       <!-- ~/.fonts.conf for per-user font configuration -->

            Private font directory

            use rgb sub-pixel ordering to improve glyph appearance on
            LCD screens.  Changes affecting rendering, but not matching
            should always use target="font".
       <match target="font">
            <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"><const>rgb</const></edit>


       fonts.conf   contains  configuration  information  for  the  fontconfig
       library consisting of directories to look at for  font  information  as
       well  as instructions on editing program specified font patterns before
       attempting to match the available fonts. It is in xml format.

       conf.d  is  the  conventional  name  for  a  directory  of   additional
       configuration  files  managed  by  external  applications  or the local
       administrator. The filenames starting with decimal digits are sorted in
       lexicographic  order and used as additional configuration files. All of
       these files are in xml format. The master  fonts.conf  file  references
       this directory in an <include> directive.

       fonts.dtd  is  a  DTD  that  describes  the format of the configuration

       ~/.fonts.conf.d is the conventional name for a  per-user  directory  of
       (typically  auto-generated)  configuration  files,  although the actual
       location is specified in the global fonts.conf file.

       ~/.fonts.conf  is  the  conventional   location   for   per-user   font
       configuration,  although the actual location is specified in the global
       fonts.conf file.

       ~/.fonts.cache-* is the conventional  repository  of  font  information
       that   isn’t   found   in   the  per-directory  caches.  This  file  is
       automatically maintained by fontconfig.


       fc-cat(1), fc-cache(1), fc-list(1), fc-match(1), fc-query(1)


       Fontconfig version 2.8.0

                               18 November 2009