Anyone out there remember the old X core font system?

Jim Gettys jg at
Fri Apr 6 12:06:20 EDT 2007

I more or less figured this stuff out.

If someone is looking for a useful little project, defining aliases for
the antique core font system that Xt/Motif and TK apps often still use
would be very helpful.  I don't have time to spend to do more than I

Flash 9 no longer crashes, and I expect many (but not all) of the old
applications will work.
                         - Jim

On Fri, 2007-04-06 at 08:41 -0700, Evan Martin wrote:
> On 4/5/07, Jim Gettys <jg at> wrote:
> > I've been beating my head against the wall trying to resurrect my
> > knowledge in this are (tempered by 20 years, and its evolution in the
> > intervening period).  But it isn't clear I can (re)learn this stuff very
> > quickly.
> >
> > Basically, the ideal would be to alias the common X11 core bitmap fonts
> > (e.g. those canonically found in the X11/misc and X11/100dpi font
> > directories) to vague approximations in the DejaVu outline fonts.  Since
> > we run so high resolution, the bitmaps generated won't be to terrible.
> I seem to recall at some point that X servers could understand
> truetype fonts and use them directly(?).  You can find lots of old
> docs (try Google queries with terms like "xf86config" in them) that
> describe how to configure this.
> My guess is you can do something like:
> 1) cd /path/to/ttf/files
> 2) ttmkfdir > fonts.dir
> 3) xset fp+ `pwd`; xset fp rehash
> 4) xlsfonts (and find out the font name)
> 5) make a fonts.alias that redirects fixed to that ttf alias
Jim Gettys
One Laptop Per Child

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