[Fontconfig] RE: Specifying location of fontfiles in fonts.conf file.

Rupa Kamoji rkamoji at knightsindia.co.in
Wed Apr 12 06:16:11 PDT 2006



Thanks a looooot for your inputs. I tried this on Solaris and it


Now I am trying the same on linux. I could do the configuration of
fontconfig successfully. But to my bad luck, I am getting below error
during compilation.



make[2]: Entering directory

source='../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fc-lang/fc-lang.c' object='fc-lang.o'
libtool=no \

depfile='.deps/fc-lang.Po' tmpdepfile='.deps/fc-lang.TPo' \

depmode=gcc /bin/sh ../../fontconfig-2.2.96/depcomp \

gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fc-lang -I..
-I../../fontconfig-2.2.96/src -I../../fontconfig-2.2.96
-I/usr/include/freetype2 -Wall -Wpointer-arith -Wstrict-prototypes
-Wmissing-prototypes -Wmissing-declarations     -Wnested-externs
-fno-strict-aliasing    -g -O2 -c `test -f
'../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fc-lang/fc-lang.c' || echo

In file included from

                 from ../../fontconfig-2.2.96/src/fcint.h:39,

                 from ../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fc-lang/fc-lang.c:25:

/usr/local/include/ft2build.h:56: freetype/config/ftheader.h: No such
file or directory

In file included from ../../fontconfig-2.2.96/src/fcint.h:39,

                 from ../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fc-lang/fc-lang.c:25:

../../fontconfig-2.2.96/fontconfig/fcfreetype.h:28: `#include' expects

make[2]: *** [fc-lang.o] Error 1

make[2]: Leaving directory

make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1

make[1]: Leaving directory `/LinuxDisk/usr/home/rkamoji/TEMP/fc_linux'

make: *** [all] Error 2



Configuration of my linux system is as below:


XFree86 : 4.5.0 (latest version).

OS: Redhat 7.1


When I installed XFree86 : 4.5.0, fontconfig, freetype and xft all were
installed by XFree86 only. Where should I keep fontconfig source code?
How can I make freetype and other required libs/includes available to


Thanks for your valuable inputs.


Thanks and Regards,




-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick Lam [mailto:plam at MIT.EDU] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:17 AM
To: Rupa Kamoji
Cc: fontconfig at lists.freedesktop.org
Subject: Re: [Fontconfig] RE: Specifying location of fontfiles in
fonts.conf file.


Rupa Kamoji wrote:

> Hello,


> Thanks for your reply. I need to ship the fontconfig library,

> file and font files with my application. I want to avoid the

> of modification to any of the files by the recipient of my

> He sets an environment variable and uses this env variable to run my

> application. So I want to mention the location of font files in

> fonts.conf file using this env variable. So this way he will not have

> do anything but at that same time he will be able to use fontcong for

> all text display in my application.


> Please help me in using this env variable in fonts.conf file to

> the location of font files.


The code does not presently support the use of arbitrary environment 

variables and I'm not sure if there might be any security implications 

from doing so.


However, if you want your shipped copy of fontconfig to use an 

environment variable, then you can write a quick and dirty hack to, for 

instance, FcConfigAddDir.  Add something like the following lines:


      if (strcmp(d, "$CUSTOM_FONT_DIR") == 0)

            d = (FcChar8 *) getenv ("CUSTOM_FONT_DIR");


I think that'll work for your case.




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