[scribus] Launching with "scribus -fi"
john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Oct 29 21:42:24 CEST 2010
On Thursday 28 October 2010 21:08:20 Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 10/28/2010 08:46 PM, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > One of the tidbits that I discovered while reading the Scribus
> > manual was that launching Scribus from the command line with
> > "scribus -fi" would list all installed fonts and duplicates. I
> > have a lot of fonts installed on my Fedora 11 x86_64 computer,
> > and I'm pretty sure I have at least a few duplicates. So I jumped
> > at the opportunity to get a list of duplicates in order to do a
> > little housecleaning.
> > Unfortunately, although I made the terminal window as tall as I
> > could, it listed too many and the top portion was cut off.
> > However, there is an even bigger puzzle. In the list of
> > duplicates I found dozens and dozens of lines like the following
> > two (sorry about the word wrap in the e-mail):
> > Loading font /home/jjj/.fonts/KozMinStd-ExtraLight.otf (found
> > using fontconfig)
> > Font /home/jjj/.fonts/KozMinStd-ExtraLight.otf(1) is
> > duplicate of /home/jjj/.fonts/KozMinStd-ExtraLight.otf(1)
> If you're using KDE or Gnome, try following the instructions in the
> manual about managing fonts (p 185-186). You also might try
> fontmatrix for font management.
scribus -fi 2>fontlister
to the output into a file for further massaging and got some
interesting results. The fonts in my texlive area are not listed. I
don't think the fonts that come with Ghostscript are
listed either. The same font in ttf and Type 1 forms are considered as
I read the file with
tells me that there are 614 fonts and dupes findable by Scribus.
grep dupli fontlister
gives a listing of 221 fonts listed as dupes in fontlister.
The question arises, if font x is found in both TTF and Type 1 forms
which should I keep? I'll keep all otf fonts in any case since that is
the apparent font format of the future.
There are many fonts on my system representing languages from the
Indian Subcontinent. Since I don't work in those languages I will
delete them to reduce clutter.
Here is a weird line I came across:
Font /usr/share/fonts/TTF/georgia.ttf(1) is duplicate of
There is only 1 such font in that folder. So the font finding and dupe
finding mechanism is imperfect.
If one is listing fonts in a terminal window then saving them in a
file and listing that file with "less" is convenient. Since the font
messages are given as error messages the line listed above
scribus -fi 2>fontlister
is appropriate for creating that file.
Life becomes both easier and more fun if you learn the command line
tools of Linux. I used wc, grep, less and gvim in the above exercises.
John Culleton, Wexford Press
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