[blfs-dev] DejaVu Fonts Instructions

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 08:16:39 PST 2013

Ken Moffat wrote:

>   So, I _guess_ that .conf files are sometimes important. For DejaVu
> with recent fontconfig, that doesn't seem to be the case.

I took a look at some of the .conf files.  The contents tell us what 
they do.  For example:

   <match target="font">
     <test name="family">
       <string>DejaVu Sans</string>
     <test compare="less" name="pixelsize">
     <edit name="hinting">

So it just turns off hinting when the font size is less than 7.5 pixels.

   <alias binding="same">
     <family>Bepa Mono</family>
       <family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family>

Can be thought of as a symbolic link to another font family name.

To be complete, the .conf files need to be installed, but I think they 
will be rarely missed if not installed.  Actually, the aliases might be 
confusing.  Given a list of names, which do you choose?  If you don't 
know that one name is an alias for several others, you may waste time 
looking at them when deciding what to use.

   -- Bruce

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