[Fontconfig] fontconfig with non-local Xserver

Josselin Mouette joss at debian.org
Sun Dec 7 02:57:23 EST 2003

Le sam 06/12/2003 à 01:18, wrstuden at wasabisystems.com a écrit :
> I recently updated some packages on a lab machine, and now some of the X
> programs are using fontconfig. While fontconfig looks much more
> sophisticated than the older font locating tools, it unfortunately assumes
> the fonts are local. Thus these programs don't run anymore.
> I can't run fc-cache, because there aren't any fonts on the box.
> Installing fonts on the box just to run fc-cache seems silly and
> counter-productive, as the X server will be using the fonts installed on
> it, not the ones on this box. Also, it doesn't scale well, as it means
> that I have to install (and maintain) fonts on all the boxes I have, as
> opposed to just the Xserver.

Most (all?) applications using fontconfig are rendering their fonts with
freetype, and it requires having the fonts on the *client* side.
Installing fonts on the same boxes as the applications is not
counter-productive, it is necessary for these applications to run.

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