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       update-fonts-alias - compile fonts.alias files


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


       update-fonts-alias  assembles a fonts.alias file in an X font directory
       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  X
       Window  System fonts that provide aliases for their XLFD names, but may
       be invoked at any time to  reconstruct  fonts.alias  files.   For  each
       directory,  which  is  simply  the  last component of its path (such as
       ‘75dpi’   or   ‘misc’),   update-fonts-alias   will   assemble   either
       /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.alias                             or
       /usr/share/fonts/X11/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-base-transcoded’  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-base-transcoded.alias        (respectively).
       update-fonts-alias  concatenates these two files (as well as any others
       that          match          /etc/X11/fonts/misc/*.alias)          into

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

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


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


       update-fonts-alias  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-alias 75dpi
       is  correct,  while ‘update-fonts-alias /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi’
       and ‘update-fonts-alias /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-alias  was invoked without operands.  Supply one or
              more X font directory names to operate on.

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-alias  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-alias  skipped


       0      update-fonts-alias ran successfully.

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

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


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


       update-fonts-alias was written by Branden Robinson.