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<2010-01-07> by Lorenzo Bolla

Installing pcf fonts in X

As I keep forgetting, here is how to install pcf fonts in X

  1. Create a new directory for the fonts, usually under /usr/share/fonts:
$> mkdir /usr/share/fonts/
  1. Copy the pcf file(s) into it (sometimes the pcf files are gzipped):
$> cp /path/to/pcf/*.pcf* /usr/share/fonts/
  1. Run mkfontdir, to create a fonts.dir file, used by X to find font files
$> mkfontdir /usr/share/fonts/
  1. Add the new dir to X font path. The easiest way to do it is to stick this line in your .xinitrc:
xset fp+ /usr/share/fonts/

Now your new font should compare in xfontsel and you should be able to use it as normal.

By the way, this is a very nice font for programming!