Changing default path to install fonts?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Tue Oct 6 14:49:41 PDT 2009

On Tue, Oct 06, 2009 at 01:55:56PM -0700, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> Julien Cristau wrote:
> > Pretty sure Ubuntu uses /usr/share/fonts/X11 as well, they rebuild most
> > of the Debian packages with no source changes.  It looks like dapper
> > (6.06) used X11/fonts, but IIRC the path was changed when modular X made
> > it into Debian.
> Oops, guess I was looking at old bug reports in launchpad.
> Sounds like ${datadir}/fonts/X11 is the most common default then.
> I'm testing a fontutil.m4 update that will change the XORG_FONTDIR macro to use:
> # Offer a --with-fontdir flag to control directory for font installation
> # Default is the specified subdir of the font parent directory.
> # Font parent directory is the first found from:
> #	--with-fontparentdir
> #	pkg-config --variable=fontdir fontutil
> #	${datadir}/fonts/X11
> (while "fontparentdir" is awkward, it's also less disruptive to current users
>  & distros than redefining --with-fontdir to specify the parent and adding
>  some other --with option if they want to specify the full path).

Sounds good!

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