Adding fonts

Fonts can be added to Debian by installing the appropriate package; in Squeeze, fonts are specified in the “Fonts” section.

Note:

To add fonts on an ad hoc basis, you may install them in GNOME by opening a Nautilus window to fonts:// and dragging and dropping.

In more detail, place a font file in the directory /usr/local/share/fonts (for all users) or ~/.fonts (for a specific user); both TTF and TTC (TrueType Collection) files should work. These paths are specified in the fontconfig configuration file at /etc/fonts/fonts.conf – you can also include subdirectories or links, which is useful if you have a directory of fonts on a separate hard drive (or partition or other location).

You may check that the fonts are present by checking for them in an application (such as a word processor) or by using the command fc-list – in future the (GNOME) font-manager may provide a good list. If fonts do not show up, try fc-cache -fv to force a rebuild of the font list.

Configuration

fontconfig is the underlying configuration tool; you may find the following programs useful:

You may find the following useful to change default font rendering:

Lists

See all the TrueType (TTF) fonts included in Debian at http://pkg-fonts.alioth.debian.org/review/ (updated weekly), http://www.miriamruiz.es/debfonts/ or http://fonts.debian.net/.

See all the TrueType (TTF) and ?OpenType (OTF) fonts included in Debian for usage on Windows or Mac OS X at http://fonts.debian.net/.

email lists: CJKUnifonts-devel CJKUnifonts-HakkaIM CJKUnifonts-MinnanIM Freefont-devel Pkg-fonts-bugs Pkg-fonts-commits Pkg-fonts-devel

Commonly Used Fonts

The ttf-liberation package supplies fonts with the same metrics as Times, Arial and Courier. These fonts are named Liberation and are present in most cases. If you require the non-free original Microsoft fonts the ttf-mscorefonts-installer package (in contrib) can be used to obtain them.

Debian Fonts Task Force

http://pkg-fonts.alioth.debian.org/

Bugs

Usertags

The pkg-fonts team will use these tags for usertags (user: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org)

Templates

non-free

To:      Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: <package>: contains non-free font

Package: 
Version: 
Severity: serious
User: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: non-free
X-Debbugs-CC: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org

Your package contains a non-free font:

<filename in Debian here>
<url to the pkg-fonts review page here>

This looks to be from here:

<upstream URLs here>

From the zip file:

/----------------------------------------------------------------
<upstream licence here>
\----------------------------------------------------------------

This licence does not clearly allow all the DFSG-required freedoms:

http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

Please contact the font author and ask them to licence the font
under a DFSG-compliant font licence such as the OFL:

http://scripts.sil.org/OFL
http://scripts.sil.org/OFL_web
http://scripts.sil.org/OFL-FAQ_web

If they are not willing to do so or cannot be contacted, please remove
the font from the binary package and the source package and depend on
another font package or move the package to non-free.

Please contact your upstream and ask them to use fontconfig or similar
to get fonts for use by the software instead of using a specific font.

This message is brought to you by the Debian Fonts Task Force:

http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts

license-violation

To:      Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: <package>: violates font license

Package: 
Version: 
Severity: serious
User: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: license-violation
X-Debbugs-CC: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org

Your package contains a GPL/LGPL font:

<package>: <filename in Debian here>
<url to the pkg-fonts review pages here>

This looks to be from here:

<upstream URLs here>

Your source package contains the binary font:

<srcpackage>: <font filename within source package>

The font's source code appears to be here:

<upstream source code URL>
<filenames of the source code in upstreams archive>

Your source package does not contain the font source code, therefore your distribution of the font constitutes a violation of the license.

Please notify your upstream that they are violating the font license.

Please remove the font from the binary package and the source package and depend on the font package instead.

Please contact your upstream and ask them to use fontconfig or similar
to get fonts for use by the software instead of using a specific font.

This message is brought to you by the Debian Fonts Task Force:

http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts

duplicate

To:      Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: <package>: contains duplicate font

Package: 
Version: 
Severity: wishlist
User: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: duplicate
X-Debbugs-CC: pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org

Your package contains a duplicate font:

<filename in Debian here>
<url to the pkg-fonts review page here>

This looks to be from here:

<url to the packages.debian.org page for the font package>
<url to the pkg-fonts review page here>

Please remove the font from the binary package and depend on the
package containing the font you are using.

If your package cannot use fontconfig to search for fonts, please
contact your upstream and ask them to use fontconfig or similar
to get fonts for use by the software instead of using a specific font.

If that isn't possible you should ask them to allow a build-time
configuration option to hardcode a specific font file path.

If that isn't possible then you will need to create a symlink from
the font file path that your package uses to the font file path
in the font package.

This message is brought to you by the Debian Fonts Task Force:

http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts

defoma-removal

Package: $PACKAGE
Severity: wishlist
User: pabs@debian.org
Usertags: defoma-removal

Your package ships a defoma hint file or depends on or uses defoma or x-ttcidfont-conf. defoma is in the process of being removed from Debian:

http://wiki.debian.org/OldPkgRemovals#defoma

If you have any questions about this transition, please contact the Debian Fonts Task Force on our mailing list. We are also interested in new people if you want to help us maintain, check and discuss fonts.

pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-fonts-devel
http://pkg-fonts.alioth.debian.org/
http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts

To help us complete the transition from defoma to fontconfig, please remove any use of defoma or x-ttcidfont-conf from your package. Here are some things that you might want to check in your package:

If installing your package causes defoma to modify the defoma configuration file for fontconfig (/etc/fonts/conf.d/30-defoma.conf), then you need to migrate those changes to a file in the fontconfig directory /etc/fonts/conf.avail with a symlink in /etc/fonts/conf.d. In some cases the config
produced by defoma was not appropriate in the first place and should be
dropped.

Remove any mentions of defoma, defoma-doc, psfontmgr or x-ttcidfont-conf from your debian/control file.

If you are running dh_installdefoma in your debian/rules file, simply remove that call.

If you are shipping a defoma hint file, then you will need to remove it on upgrade. You can do so by adding this snippet to your postinst, postrm and preinst maintainer scripts. You should replace $PACKAGE with the name of the package and $VERSION with the version where you are making the defoma hint conffile obsolete and removable:

if dpkg-maintscript-helper supports rm_conffile 2>/dev/null; then
  dpkg-maintscript-helper rm_conffile /etc/defoma/hints/$PACKAGE.hints $VERSION -- "$@"
fi

If you were using defoma in your maintainer scripts (postrm, postinst etc,
dh_installdefoma usually handles them) then on upgrade from a version before
the one that dropped you need to run `defoma-app purge $PACKAGE`, but only if
the defoma-app binary is available and executable.

Source Font Formats

sfd (fontforge's ascii file format for vector fonts)

Generating Fonts from Source

The fontforge is an editor for outline and bitmap fonts that generates all kinds of fonts. It is also scriptable and has an addon tool xgridfit for hinting. The following fonts are built from sfd (found using apt-cache rdepends fontforge):

- ttf-junicode

- beteckna

- essays1743

- ttf-atarismall

- ttf-breip

I created some script to create bold, italic, and condensed typefaces out of sfd fonts:

sfd2*.ff

Font Formats

ttf, otf, bdf, pfb, fnt

Font Tools

texlive-font-utils, fttools, ttf2tex, freetype1-tools, ttf2pt1, otf2bdf

fontconfig

Fonts and Debian: existing and missing

Font related pages:

Further Resources

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Old, retained for historical interest and reference: