ttmkfdir no longer needed

Harold L Hunt II
Sat Apr 10 01:10:00 GMT 2004

It looks like we no longer need ttmkfdir in order to expose the fonts 
installed with Windows to X11.  The mkfontscale utility that is included 
with out distribution was inspired by ttmkfdir and essentially replaces it:

You can do something like the following right now (well, not with Cygwin 
1.5.9 since mkfontscale will core dump, you have to use snapshot of 
cygwin1.dll for the moment):

1) mkfontscale /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/Fonts

2) mkfontdir /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/Fonts

3) Launch Cygwin/X

4) In a bash shell under Cygwin/X, run:

    xset fp+ /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/Fonts

5) Run xfontsel and observe that picking 'microsoft' from the 'rgstry' 
category exposes 'microsoft sans serif', 'tahoma', and 'verdana' among 
others under the 'fmly' category.  Note also that valid chartacters 
appear when you select these fonts.

Due to this I am going to pull the link to ttmkfdir from our 'Ported 
Software' page.  Perhaps someone would like to write a postinstall 
script that creates symlinks to the Fonts folder for Windows under 
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/windows, then runs mkfontscale and mkfontdir in 
that folder (since we can not guarantee that we have permissions to 
create files in the actual Fonts folder for Windows).  Then it would 
take a minor adjustment of our startup scripts to pass this additional 
font folder to Cygwin/X on startup.

Any takers?  I'll package it if somebody works the kinks out of it.


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