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Hi,

I have installed a truetype font (.ttf) on a linux machne (SUSE linux
10, KDE) by copying it to my .fonts folder. I can use the font in all
applications like open-office and firefox browser.

However, I cannot use the font in a python app that I am writing. The
list returned by Tkfont.families does not contain this particular font.

Any suggestions ?

Regards,

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  • Eric Brunel at May 9, 2006 at 10:46 am

    On 7 May 2006 23:55:05 -0700, Atul wrote:

    Hi,

    I have installed a truetype font (.ttf) on a linux machne (SUSE linux
    10, KDE) by copying it to my .fonts folder. I can use the font in all
    applications like open-office and firefox browser.

    However, I cannot use the font in a python app that I am writing. The
    list returned by Tkfont.families does not contain this particular font.
    I don't know the Suse distro, but it seems on "modern" Linux
    distributions, there are 2 levels of font support: the first is the
    "native" X support, the second is provided by the graphical toolkit you're
    using (Qt with KDE, but I think OpenOffice & FireFox use Gtk).
    Unfortunately, tk - and therefore Tkinter - only sees the fonts at the X
    level, and not those at the Qt/Gtk level. But apparently, dropping your
    font file in your .fonts directory only makes the font available for
    Qt/Gtk, not for X. You can check that by running the command xlsfonts in a
    terminal: I really suspect your font will not appear in the list.

    To make the font visible at X level, you should make your .fonts directory
    a component of the X font path:
    - Go to your .fonts directory.
    - Check if the directory contains file named fonts.dir; If it does, check
    that the file contains a line referencing your .ttf file. If it does, skip
    the next 2 steps.
    - Create the fonts.scale file describing your TrueType fonts; this is done
    via a distribution-dependent utility, usually mkfontscale or ttmkfdir.
    - Create the fonts.dir file describing all the fonts in the directory by
    running mkfontdir in it.
    - Add the directory to you X font path by running the command: xset +fp
    ~/.fonts

    This last step is for testing purposes only, since its results won't
    survive your X session. You'll have to find a way to do it each time you
    log to your session, or each time your X server is restarted. You may also
    add your font file to a global font directory so that X will automatically
    see it when it starts (you'll have to rebuild the fonts.scale and
    fonts.dir files as above).

    HTH
    --
    python -c "print ''.join([chr(154 - ord(c)) for c in
    'U(17zX(%,5.zmz5(17l8(%,5.Z*(93-965$l7+-'])"

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