[Fontconfig] Tutorial or guidance for using fontconfig
keithp at keithp.com
Thu Jan 15 08:49:11 PST 2009
On Thu, 2009-01-15 at 11:02 +0100, Jesper L.Nielsen wrote:
> 1: Since the NFS mount is mounted as read/write, the first embedded
> system that boots will create the cache. Does the building of cache
> have a lock mechanism, or might this be a race condition?
It has a locking mechanism which should be proof against even NFS
> 2: It seems the fontcache leaves a file for every font used as it
> runs, and that the filenames have a hostname appended to them? If this
> is true, would it at all be possible to generate a fontconfig-cache on
> the NFS server, if the embedded system doesn't share the same
> hostname? Wouldn't this just generate a whole bunch of files for each
> embedded device?
One per directory, not one per font. And, the file names have a
'platform' name embedded in them, not a host name.
> 3: Is the format of the cache files platform independent?
No, they are binary files which depend on the byte order and padding
used by the C compiler. Normally I wouldn't do this, but fontconfig
mmap's the files and uses their contents directly to reduce memory usage
and startup time.
keith.packard at intel.com
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