lovely linux fonts

As a followup to my earlier post about true type fonts in Linux, Bitstream has released the fonts. I downloaded them and had to read up on xfs, chkfontpath and xfontsel. The permissions were the problem. Once I made them globally readable, whammo, I had slick fonts for all my apps. (via /.)

The instructions to add the fonts on Red Hat 7.3 are included in the reference manual. Here’s a quick summary, assuming you want the fonts in /usr/share/fonts/bitstream.

mkdir /usr/share/fonts/bitstream
tar xzf ttf-bitstream-vera-1.10.tar.gz
mv ttf-bitstream-vera-1.10 /usr/share/fonts/bitstream
chmod 755 /usr/share/fonts/bitstream
chmod -R 444 /usr/share/fonts/bitstream/*
cd /usr/share/fonts/bitstream
ttmkfdir -d . -o fonts.scale
chkfontpath –add /usr/share/fonts/bitstream
(Stop your X server, or just log out)
service restart xfs
(Start your X server, or log back in)
chkfontpath –list (You should see /usr/share/fonts/bitstream in the list of directories)