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mkfontdir(1X)							 mkfontdir(1X)

       mkfontdir,  fonts.dir,  fonts.scale, fonts.alias - create an index of X
       font files in a directory

       mkfontdir [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 configuration
       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 direc‐
       tory.   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.

       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"  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.

       List of fonts in the directory and the files they are stored  in.  Cre‐
       ated  by mkfontdir.  Read by the X server and font server each time the
       font path is set (see xset(1X)).	 List of scalable fonts in the	direc‐
       tory.   Contents	 are  copied  to fonts.dir by mkfontdir.  List of font
       name aliases. Read by the X server and font server each time  the  font
       path is set (see xset(1X)).

       X(1X), Xdec(1X), xfs(1X), xset(1X)


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