How To Install XWindows Fonts

Copy the font files to a directory that is visible to the x-server’s Font Path. You may check the font path of the running server by typing the command:

xset q

On my FreeBSD machine I chose /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/ to hold these new fonts. Next, you need to update the index file ‘fonts.dir’ by running ‘mkfontdir’. Here’s the command I used for my path:

mkfontdir /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/

If you don’t want to restart your X server, you can update your current X session using:

xset fp rehash

Otherwise restarting X will also load the new fonts. That’s it, you’re done.

=== Addendum ===

At least for Ubuntu Linux you need an extra step.
You must also add the font path using “xset fp+”.
Here’s a shell script that does the job:
#!/bin/sh<br /> # rebuild font.dir file<br /> mkfontdir ~/.fonts<br /> # add .fonts to font path<br /> xset fp+ ~/.fonts<br /> # tell X to reread fonts<br /> xset fp rehash<br /> Thanks Noah.