MirBSD manpage: mkfontdir(1)

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     mkfontdir - create an index of X font files in a directory


     mkfontdir [-n] [-x suffix] [-r] [-p prefix] [-e encoding-
     directory-name] ... [--] [directory-name ... ]


     For each directory argument, mkfontdir reads all of the font
     files in the directory searching for properties named
     "FONT", or (failing that) the name of the file stripped of
     its suffix.  These are converted to lower case and used as
     font names, and, along with the name of the font file, are
     written out to the file "fonts.dir" in the directory. The X
     server and font server use "fonts.dir" to find font files.

     The kinds of font files read by mkfontdir depend on confi-
     guration parameters, but typically include PCF (suffix
     ".pcf"), SNF (suffix ".snf") and BDF (suffix ".bdf").  If a
     font exists in multiple formats, mkfontdir will first choose
     PCF, then SNF and finally BDF.

     The first line of fonts.dir gives the number of fonts in the
     file. The remaining lines list the fonts themselves, one per
     line, in two fields.  First is the name of the font file,
     followed by a space and the name of the font.


     Because scalable font files do not usually include the X
     font name, the file "fonts.scale" can be used to name the
     scalable fonts in the directory. The fonts listed in it are
     copied to fonts.dir by mkfontdir. "fonts.scale" has the same
     format as the "fonts.dir" file.


     The file "fonts.alias", which can be put in any directory of
     the font-path, is used to map new names to existing fonts,
     and should be edited by hand.  The format is two white-space
     separated columns, the first containing aliases and the
     second containing font-name patterns. Lines beginning with
     "!" are comment lines and are ignored.

     If neither the alias nor the value specifies the size fields
     of the font name, this is a scalable alias.  A font name of
     any size that matches this alias will be mapped to the same
     size of the font that the alias resolves to.

     When a font alias is used, the name it references is
     searched for in the normal manner, looking through each font
     directory in turn.  This means that the aliases need not
     mention fonts in the same directory as the alias file.

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     To embed white space in either name, simply enclose it in
     double-quote marks; to embed double-quote marks (or any
     other character), precede them with back-slash:

     "magic-alias with spaces"     "\"font name\" with quotes"
     regular-alias            fixed

     If the string "FILE_NAMES_ALIASES" stands alone on a line,
     each file-name in the directory (stripped of its suffix)
     will be used as an alias for that font.


     The option -e can be used to specify a directory with encod-
     ing files.  Every such directory is scanned for encoding
     files, the list of which is then written to an
     "encodings.dir" file in every font directory.  The
     "encodings.dir" file is used by the server to find encoding

     The "encodings.dir" file has the same format as "fonts.dir".
     It maps encoding names (strings of the form
     CHARSET_REGISTRY-CHARSET_ENCODING ) to encoding file names.


     The following options are supported:

     -e   Specify a directory containing encoding files.  The -e
          option may be specified multiple times, and all the
          specified directories will be read.  The order of the
          entries is significant, as encodings found in earlier
          directories override those in later ones; encoding
          files in the same directory are discriminated by
          preferring compressed versions.

     -n   do not scan for fonts, do not write font directory
          files.  This option is useful when generating encoding
          directories only.

     -p   Specify a prefix that is prepended to the encoding file
          path names when they are written to the "encodings.dir"
          file.  The prefix is prepended as-is.  If a `/' is
          required between the prefix and the path names, it must
          be supplied explicitly as part of the prefix.

     -r   Keep non-absolute encoding directories in their rela-
          tive form when writing the "encodings.dir" file.  The
          default is to convert relative encoding directories to
          absolute directories by prepending the current direc-
          tory.  The positioning of this options is significant,
          as this option only applies to subsequent -e options.

     -x suffix

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          Ignore fonts files of type suffix.

     --   End options.


     fonts.dir      List of fonts in the directory and the files
                    they are stored in. Created by mkfontdir.
                    Read by the X server and font server each
                    time the font path is set (see xset(1)).

     fonts.scale    List of scalable fonts in the directory.
                    Contents are copied to fonts.dir by

     fonts.alias    List of font name aliases. Read by the X
                    server and font server each time the font
                    path is set (see xset(1)).

     encodings.dir  List of known encodings and the files they
                    are stored in. Created by mkfontdir.  Read by
                    the X server and font server each time a font
                    with an unknown charset is opened.


     X(7), Xserver(1), xfs(1), xset(1)

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