Xorg Legacy

Introduction to Xorg Legacy

Xorg's ancestor (X11R1, in 1987) at first only provided bitmap fonts, with a tool (bdftopcf) to assist in their installation. With the introduction of xorg-server-1.19.0 and libXfont2 many people will not need them. There are still a few old packages which might require, or benefit from, these deprecated fonts and so the following packages are shown here.



The font-adobe-100dpi package installs 100 dots per inch versions of Courier, Helvetica, New Century Schoolbook and Times fonts.

The remaining font packages here provide 75dpi versions of those fonts, and various miscellaneous fonts - mostly for legacy encodings. Those are primarily to silence warnings when testing Xorg. In previous versions of BLFS a lot more legacy fonts were installed.

Please consult the BLFS-7.10 book at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/7.10/x/x7font.html if you wish to install any of those other fonts.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.0 platform.

Package Information

Xorg Legacy Dependencies




xmlto-0.0.28 with one or more of the following: fop-2.1, Links-2.14, Lynx-2.8.8rel.2, and w3m-0.5.3 (to generate additional PDF or text documentation for the libXfont package).

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/Xorg7Legacy

Downloading Xorg Legacy

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 > legacy.dat << "EOF"
254ee42bd178d18ebc7a73aacfde7f79 lib/ libXfont-1.5.2.tar.bz2
53a48e1fdfec29ab2e89f86d4b7ca902 app/ bdftopcf-1.0.5.tar.bz2
1347c3031b74c9e91dc4dfa53b12f143 font/ font-adobe-100dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
6c9f26c92393c0756f3e8d614713495b font/ font-adobe-75dpi-1.0.3.tar.bz2
cb7b57d7800fd9e28ec35d85761ed278 font/ font-jis-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
0571bf77f8fab465a5454569d9989506 font/ font-daewoo-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
a2401caccbdcf5698e001784dbd43f1a font/ font-isas-misc-1.0.3.tar.bz2

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

mkdir legacy &&
cd legacy &&
grep -v '^#' ../legacy.dat | awk '{print $2$3}' | wget -i- -c \
     -B http://ftp.x.org/pub/individual/ &&
grep -v '^#' ../legacy.dat | awk '{print $1 " " $3}' > ../legacy.md5 &&
md5sum -c ../legacy.md5

Installation of Xorg Legacy



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-1.8.19p2 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 '^#' ../legacy.md5 | awk '{print $2}')
  tar -xf $package
  pushd $packagedir
  case $packagedir in
    libXfont-[0-9]* )
      ./configure $XORG_CONFIG --disable-devel-docs
    * )
      ./configure $XORG_CONFIG
  as_root make install
  rm -rf $packagedir
  as_root /sbin/ldconfig

Finally, exit the shell that was started earlier:


Command Explanations

--disable-devel-docs: Disable generation of text documentation in the libXfont package if xmlto-0.0.28 is installed without a text browser. Omit this parameter (or the entire case statement) if a text browser is installed.


Installed Programs: bdftopcf
Installed Libraries: libXfont
Installed Directories: $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/100dpi, $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/75dpi, $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/misc

Short Descriptions


converts an X font from Bitmap Distribution Format to Portable Compiled Format.


is an old version of the X font library.

Last updated on 2017-02-15 14:01:44 -0800