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Solaris X Window System Developer's Guide
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1.  Introduction to the Solaris X Server

2.  DPS Features and Enhancements

3.  Visuals on the Solaris X Server

4.  Font Support

Font Support in the Solaris X Server

X Font Server

Available Font Formats

Optional Font Package

Associated Files

Outline and Bitmap Fonts

Replacing Outline Fonts With Bitmap Fonts

Replacement Conditions

Using TrueType and F3 Fonts in DPS

Locating Fonts

Changing the Default Font Path in X11

Installing and Managing Fonts

5.  Server Overlay Windows

6.  Transparent Overlay Windows

7.  Security Issues

A.  Reference Display Devices



Locating Fonts

By default, the Solaris server looks for fonts in directories under the /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts directory. Table 4-5 shows the complete font directory structure. The directory names are preceded by /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts.

Table 4-5 Font Directory Structure

File Suffixes
TrueType fonts
TrueType character set specifications
Bitmap fonts
Bitmap fonts
Bitmap fonts
F3 format outline fonts
F3 character set specifications
Bitmap fonts
Bitstream Speedo format outline fonts
.pfa, .pfb
Type1 outline fonts
Adobe font metrics
.pfa, .pfb
Type1 outline fonts
.bepf, .lepf
Bitmaps for SPARC Solaris and IA
Bitmap fonts
PostScript outline fonts
Bitmap fonts

Changing the Default Font Path in X11

In X11, the default font path is:

/usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/F3, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/F3bitmaps, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/Type1, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/misc, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi, /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi

Note that the directory paths must be absolute.

To change the default font path, use the Font Administrator GUI or command-line tools included with Solaris. For information about Font Administrator, see the Font Administrator User's Guide.