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       update-fonts-alias - compile fonts.alias files


       update-fonts-alias directory ...


       update-fonts-alias  assembles a fonts.alias file in an X font directory
       using  one  or  more  alias  files   found   in   a   subdirectory   of
       /etc/X11/fonts/.     It    is   typically   invoked   only   from   the
       post-installation and post-removal scripts of a  package  containing  X
       Window  System fonts that provide aliases for their XLFD names, but may
       be invoked at any time to  reconstruct  fonts.alias  files.   For  each
       directory,  which  is  simply  the  last component of its path (such as
       ‘75dpi’    or     ‘misc’),     update-fonts-alias     will     assemble
       /usr/share/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.alias  from  the  files  found  in

       This enables multiple packages to provide aliases for fonts in the same
       directory.   No  font package actually provides the fonts.alias file in
       the X font directory itself, so there is no danger of  overwriting  one
       package’s aliases with those of another.

       For     instance,     the     two     packages     ‘xfonts-base’    and
       ‘xfonts-base-transcoded’ may both  install  fonts  into  the  directory
       /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc.   They each place their fonts.alias files in
       /etc/X11/fonts/misc/xfonts-base.alias                               and
       /etc/X11/fonts/misc/xfonts-base-transcoded.alias        (respectively).
       update-fonts-alias concatenates these two files (as well as any  others
       that          match          /etc/X11/fonts/misc/*.alias)          into

       The format of fonts.alias  files  is  described  in  the  mkfontdir(1x)
       manual page.

       An  example  of  how  to  use  update-fonts-alias in package maintainer
       scripts is provided in the Debian Policy Manual.


       -h, --help displays a brief usage message and exits.


       update-fonts-alias takes one or more X font directory names to  operate
       on  as  operands.   Only the final path component of the directory name
       should be specified; e.g.,
              update-fonts-alias 75dpi
       is correct, while  ‘update-fonts-alias  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi’
       and ‘update-fonts-alias /usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi’ are not.


              indicates  the  width of the terminal device in character cells.
              This value is used for formatting diagnostic messages.   If  not
              set,  the  terminal  is  queried  using stty(1) to determine its
              width.  If that fails, a value of ‘80’ is assumed.


       usage error: one or more font directories must be provided
              update-fonts-alias was invoked without operands.  Supply one  or
              more X font directory names to operate on.

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-alias  was  invoked  with  an  unrecognized  option
              argument.  Use only the options documented in “OPTIONS”,  above.

       fatal error: path to X font directory must be used
              A  directory  name was supplied that was not an X font directory
              name.  Supply X font directory names only.

       warning: absolute path directory was provided
              Usage of absolute paths  is  deprecated.   Use  only  the  final
              component of the X font directory name for directory.

       warning: directory does not exist or is not a directory
              The  supplied directory was invalid.  update-fonts-alias skipped


       0      update-fonts-alias ran successfully.

       1      update-fonts-alias experienced a fatal error; see the section on
              diagnostic messages above.

       2      update-fonts-alias was invoked with invalid arguments.


       See         the         Debian        Bug        Tracking        System
       〈〉.  If you wish to report a bug in
       update-fonts-alias,  please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt
       or the reportbug(1) command.


       update-fonts-alias was written by Branden Robinson.