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Installing Fonts on Linux

Install and configure Unicode TrueType fonts in Linux

Uncompress the downloaded font archive to a directory and add it to the font path, a list of directories containing fonts:

Uncompress the archive

# tar xvzf utf8.tar.gz


# tar xvjf arial.tar.bz2

Create a directory for new fonts

# mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype

Move the uncompressed font files to the new font directory

# mv *.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype

Navigate to the font directory

# cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype

Create fonts.scale and fonts.dir

# mkfontscale && mkfontdir

# fc-cache

Add the new font directory to the X11 font path

# chkfontpath --add /usr/share/fonts/truetype

Restart X font server

# /sbin/service xfs restart

You can verify the successful addition of the new path by running chkfontpath command or by listing X font server's /etc/X11/XF86Config file.

If you do not have root access, copy the *.ttf to ~/.fonts directory instead.

Make X11 fonts available to Java

Perform one of the following:

Open /etc/profile and add a new environment variable


Open font.properties file under jre/lib directory, uncommnent and set to the appropriate font directory


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