Font Administrator User's Guide


This guide explains how to use the Font Administrator tool to manage fonts for OpenWindowsTM installations and NeWSprintTM printers.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for users and system administrators who use Font Administrator to manage fonts.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1, Getting Started, explains how to start Font Administrator and describes the main window.

Chapter 2, Viewing Fonts, explains how to view font lists, aliases, and sample text, and also explains how to delete fonts.

Chapter 3, Making Fonts Available, explains how to install fonts, modify the font path, and use the directory chooser.

Appendix A, Font Administrator Messages, lists error messages along with their probable causes and likely solutions.

Appendix B, Font Administrator Utilities, lists and describes the Font Administrator command-line utilities.

Appendix C, Asian Font Sets, explains how to use Font Administrator to edit Asian font sets. This appendix only applies to Asian fonts users.

Documentation, Support, and Training

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX® system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell 


Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser 


C shell 


C shell for superuser