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       update-fonts-scale - generate fonts.scale files


       update-fonts-scale directory ...


       update-fonts-scale  assembles a fonts.scale file in an X font directory
       using  one  or  more  scale  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
       scalable fonts usable by the X Window System whose X LFD font names are
       not in the font files themselves, but may be invoked  at  any  time  to
       reconstruct  fonts.scale files.  For each directory, which is either an
       absolute path to an X font directory or (preferably)  simply  the  last
       component  of  its path (such as ‘75dpi’ or ‘misc’), update-fonts-scale
       will assemble /usr/share/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.scale from the index
       files found at /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, where package is
       the name of the package installing the fonts.

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

       For   instance,   the   two   packages   ‘xfonts-scalable’  (real)  and
       ‘xfonts-nifty’ (hypothetical) may both install fonts into the directory
       /usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1.  They each place their fonts.scale files in
       /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-scalable.scale                          and
       /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-nifty.scale                 (respectively).
       update-fonts-scale concatenates these two files (as well as any  others
       that          match          /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/*.scale)         into

       The format for fonts.scale files is given in the  mkfontdir(1x)  manual

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


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


       update-fonts-scale 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-scale 75dpi
       is correct, while  ‘update-fonts-scale  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi’
       and ‘update-fonts-scale /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.

       DEBUG  determines whether low-level diagnostic messages are  issued  to
              standard  error output.  A null (empty) or unset value indicates
              that they are not, and a non-null value indicates that they are.


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

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-scale  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-scale  skipped

       Notes   are   only   displayed   under   special   circumstances;   see
       “ENVIRONMENT”.  above.

       note: index references nonexistent font file filename
              The index file /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, refers to
              a  nonexistent font file, filename.  This is normal when package
              has been removed, but not purged  from  the  system.   In  other
              circumstances, it likely indicates an error in package.


       0      update-fonts-scale ran successfully.

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

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


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


       update-fonts-scale was written by Branden Robinson.