Xorg Fonts

Introduction to Xorg Fonts

The Xorg font packages provide needed fonts to the Xorg applications.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

Xorg Fonts Dependencies



User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/Xorg7Fonts

Downloading Xorg Fonts

First, create a list of files to be downloaded. This file will also be used to verify the integrity of the downloads when complete:

cat > font-7.7.md5 << "EOF"
23756dab809f9ec5011bb27fb2c3c7d6  font-util-1.3.1.tar.bz2
0f2d6546d514c5cc4ecf78a60657a5c1  encodings-1.0.4.tar.bz2
1347c3031b74c9e91dc4dfa53b12f143  font-adobe-100dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
6c9f26c92393c0756f3e8d614713495b  font-adobe-75dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
66fb6de561648a6dce2755621d6aea17  font-adobe-utopia-100dpi-1.0.4.tar.bz2
e99276db3e7cef6dccc8a57bc68aeba7  font-adobe-utopia-75dpi-1.0.4.tar.bz2
fcf24554c348df3c689b91596d7f9971  font-adobe-utopia-type1-1.0.4.tar.bz2
6d25f64796fef34b53b439c2e9efa562  font-alias-1.0.3.tar.bz2
cc0726e4a277d6ed93b8e09c1f195470  font-arabic-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
9f11ade089d689b9d59e0f47d26f39cd  font-bh-100dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
565494fc3b6ac08010201d79c677a7a7  font-bh-75dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
c8b73a53dcefe3e8d3907d3500e484a9  font-bh-lucidatypewriter-100dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
f6d65758ac9eb576ae49ab24c5e9019a  font-bh-lucidatypewriter-75dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
e8ca58ea0d3726b94fe9f2c17344be60  font-bh-ttf-1.0.3.tar.bz2
53ed9a42388b7ebb689bdfc374f96a22  font-bh-type1-1.0.3.tar.bz2
6b223a54b15ecbd5a1bc52312ad790d8  font-bitstream-100dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
d7c0588c26fac055c0dd683fdd65ac34  font-bitstream-75dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
5e0c9895d69d2632e2170114f8283c11  font-bitstream-type1-1.0.3.tar.bz2
e452b94b59b9cfd49110bb49b6267fba  font-cronyx-cyrillic-1.0.3.tar.bz2
3e0069d4f178a399cffe56daa95c2b63  font-cursor-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
0571bf77f8fab465a5454569d9989506  font-daewoo-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
6e7c5108f1b16d7a1c7b2c9760edd6e5  font-dec-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
bfb2593d2102585f45daa960f43cb3c4  font-ibm-type1-1.0.3.tar.bz2
a2401caccbdcf5698e001784dbd43f1a  font-isas-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
cb7b57d7800fd9e28ec35d85761ed278  font-jis-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
143c228286fe9c920ab60e47c1b60b67  font-micro-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
96109d0890ad2b6b0e948525ebb0aba8  font-misc-cyrillic-1.0.3.tar.bz2
6306c808f7d7e7d660dfb3859f9091d2  font-misc-ethiopic-1.0.3.tar.bz2
e3e7b0fda650adc7eb6964ff3c486b1c  font-misc-meltho-1.0.3.tar.bz2
c88eb44b3b903d79fb44b860a213e623  font-misc-misc-1.1.2.tar.bz2
56b0296e8862fc1df5cdbb4efe604e86  font-mutt-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
e805feb7c4f20e6bfb1118d19d972219  font-schumacher-misc-1.1.2.tar.bz2
6f3fdcf2454bf08128a651914b7948ca  font-screen-cyrillic-1.0.4.tar.bz2
beef61a9b0762aba8af7b736bb961f86  font-sony-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
948f2e07810b4f31195185921470f68d  font-sun-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
829a3159389b7f96f629e5388bfee67b  font-winitzki-cyrillic-1.0.3.tar.bz2
3eeb3fb44690b477d510bbd8f86cf5aa  font-xfree86-type1-1.0.4.tar.bz2

To download the needed files using wget, use the following commands:

mkdir font &&
cd font &&
grep -v '^#' ../font-7.7.md5 | awk '{print $2}' | wget -i- -c \
    -B http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/individual/font/ &&
md5sum -c ../font-7.7.md5

Installation of Xorg Fonts



When installing multiple packages in a script, the installation needs to be done as the root user. There are three general options that can be used to do this:

  1. Run the entire script as the root user (not recommended).

  2. Use the sudo command from the Sudo-1.8.13 package.

  3. Use su -c "command arguments" (quotes required) which will ask for the root password for every iteration of the loop.

One way to handle this situation is to create a short bash function that automatically selects the appropriate method. Once the command is set in the environment, it does not need to be set again.

  if   [ $EUID = 0 ];        then $*
  elif [ -x /usr/bin/sudo ]; then sudo $*
  else                            su -c \\"$*\\"

export -f as_root

First, start a subshell that will exit on error:

bash -e

Install all of the packages by running the following commands:

for package in $(grep -v '^#' ../font-7.7.md5 | awk '{print $2}')
  tar -xf $package
  pushd $packagedir
  ./configure $XORG_CONFIG
  as_root make install
  as_root rm -rf $packagedir

Finally, exit the shell that was started earlier:


When all of the fonts have been installed, the system must be configured so that Fontconfig can find the TrueType fonts since they are outside of the default search path of /usr/share/fonts. Make symlinks to the Xorg TrueType font directories by running the following commands as the root user:

install -v -d -m755 /usr/share/fonts                               &&
ln -svfn $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/X11/OTF /usr/share/fonts/X11-OTF &&
ln -svfn $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/X11/TTF /usr/share/fonts/X11-TTF


Installed Programs: bdftruncate and ucs2any
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts

Short Descriptions


generates a truncated BDF font from an ISO 10646-1 encoded BDF font.


generates BDF fonts in any encoding from an ISO 10646-1 encoded BDF font.

Last updated on 2015-03-17 15:27:42 +0000