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bdftopcf(1X)							  bdftopcf(1X)

       bdftopcf	 -  convert X font from Bitmap Distribution Format to Portable
       Compiled Format

       bdftopcf [-pn] [-un] [-m] [-l] [-M]  [-L]  [-t]	[-i]  [-o  outputfile]

       Sets  the  font	glyph  padding.	 Each glyph in the font will have each
       scanline padded in to a multiple of n bytes, where n is 1, 2, 4	or  8.
       Sets the font scanline unit.  When the font bit order is different from
       the font byte order, the scanline unit n describes what	unit  of  data
       (in  bytes) are to be swapped; the unit i can be 1, 2 or 4 bytes.  Sets
       the font bit order to MSB (most significant bit) first.	Bits for  each
       glyph  will  be placed in this order; that is, the left most bit on the
       screen will be in the highest valued bit in each unit.  Sets  the  font
       bit  order  to LSB (least significant bit) first.  The left most bit on
       the screen will be in the lowest valued bit in  each  unit.   Sets  the
       font  byte  order  to MSB first.	 All multi-byte data in the file (met‐
       rics, bitmaps and everything else) will	be  written  most  significant
       byte  first.   Sets  the	 font byte order to LSB first.	All multi-byte
       data in the file (metrics, bitmaps and everything else) will be written
       least  significant byte first.  When this option is specified, bdftopcf
       will convert fonts into "terminal" fonts	 when  possible.   A  terminal
       font  has  each	glyph  image padded to the same size; the X server can
       usually render  these  types  of	 fonts	more  quickly.	(The  behavior
       described here for the -t switch is the default behavior. The switch is
       maintained only for backwards compatibility and has no  effect.)	  This
       option inhibits the normal computation of ink metrics.  When a font has
       glyph images which do not fill the bitmap image (that is, the "on" pix‐
       els  do	not  extend to the edges of the metrics) bdftopcf computes the
       actual ink metrics and places them in the file; the -i option  inhibits
       this  behaviour.	  By  default bdftopcf writes the pcf file to standard
       output; this option gives the name of a file to be used instead.

       The bdftopcf program is a font compiler	for  the  X  server  and  font
       server.	Fonts in Portable Compiled Format can be read by any architec‐
       ture, although the file is structured to allow one particular architec‐
       ture  to	 read  them  directly  without reformatting.  This allows fast
       reading on the appropriate machine, but the files  are  still  portable
       (but read more slowly) on other machines.


       Keith Packard, MIT X Consortium


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