[Fontconfig] Cache and FAT

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Wed Dec 9 11:26:39 PST 2009

Thanks for the detailed info.  I understand how it *may* be useful.  My 
question was more about whether any system is using fontconfig in that way 


On 12/09/2009 02:16 PM, Mikhail Gusarov wrote:
> Twas brillig at 13:59:49 09.12.2009 UTC-05 when behdad at behdad.org did gyre and gimble:
>   >>  No, it's not. It's the user-accessible part of device, like $HOME on
>   >>  PC. Thanks to one OS the only sane choice FS for SD cards is FAT.
>   BE>  Still not convinced.
> Well, let me provide the specific use-case then.
> Dedicated e-book reader. Users want to use the fonts they posess (and
> they do!) to read books. There is SD card slot, USB connection and no
> network access (pretty typical setup for e-ink-based e-book readers).
> What are the options for installing fonts on such device?
> - SD card
> - USB mass storage
> Anything else? No, nothing beyond it is supported by Windowoze
> out-of-the-box. Sane filesystem on SD/USB mass storage? No, VFAT only [*]
> Is it possible to "install" fonts from SD somehow? Well, maybe. But then
> there should be dedicated space on device. Ugly and inefficient, as
> fonts may be quite huge, so there should be a lot of space reserved, so
> better avoid it.
> Just dropping a couple of .ttf to ".fonts" directory on SD card is easy
> to use and easy to explain.
> [*] Even Nokia in N900 went this way with their internal storage. As I
> was told by one of engineers they researched the various options and
> none was satisfactory.
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