Xorg Fonts

Introduction to Xorg Fonts

The Xorg font packages provide some scalable fonts and supporting packages for Xorg applications. Many people will want to install other TTF or OTF fonts in addition to, or instead of, these. Some are listed at the section called “TTF and OTF fonts”.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 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.md5 << "EOF"
3d6adb76fdd072db8c8fae41b40855e8  font-util-1.3.2.tar.bz2
bbae4f247b88ccde0e85ed6a403da22a  encodings-1.0.5.tar.bz2
0497de0176a0dfa5fac2b0552a4cf380  font-alias-1.0.4.tar.bz2
fcf24554c348df3c689b91596d7f9971  font-adobe-utopia-type1-1.0.4.tar.bz2
e8ca58ea0d3726b94fe9f2c17344be60  font-bh-ttf-1.0.3.tar.bz2
53ed9a42388b7ebb689bdfc374f96a22  font-bh-type1-1.0.3.tar.bz2
bfb2593d2102585f45daa960f43cb3c4  font-ibm-type1-1.0.3.tar.bz2
4ee18ab6c1edf636b8e75b73e6037371  font-misc-ethiopic-1.0.4.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.md5 | awk '{print $2}' | wget -i- -c \
    -B https://www.x.org/pub/individual/font/ &&
md5sum -c ../font-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-1.9.5p2 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.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 2021-02-20 17:41:49 -0800