[BLFS Trac] #1834: FontDir /usr/share/fonts is wrong

BLFS Trac trac at linuxfromscratch.org
Sun Mar 5 21:03:06 PST 2006

#1834: FontDir /usr/share/fonts is wrong
 Reporter:  alexander at linuxfromscratch.org  |       Owner:  blfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
     Type:  defect                          |      Status:  new                           
 Priority:  normal                          |   Milestone:  6.2                           
Component:  BOOK                            |     Version:  a-SVN                         
 Severity:  normal                          |    Keywords:                                
 Please remove FontDir /usr/share/fonts from non-modular X build
 instructions. This leads to the following bad consequences:

  * Fontconfig (which by default scans the entire /usr/share/fonts) wastes
 time and memory looking at bitmap fonts
  * Non-ISO10646-1 bitmap fonts confuse FreeType's idea about mapping from
 Unicode to glyph index, thus leading to incorrect display of some
  * fontconfig finds a bitmap version of Helvetica and hands that to
 Firefox when rendering some web pages. Result: no antialiasing.

 Bitmap fonts are only for obsolete toolkits like GTK1 and belong in

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