Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
update-fonts-scale assembles a fonts.scale file in an X font directory using one or more scale files found in a subdirectory of /etc/X11/fonts/. It is typically invoked only from the post-installation and post-removal scripts of a package containing scalable fonts usable by the X Window System whose X LFD font names are not in the font files themselves, but may be invoked at any time to reconstruct fonts.scale files. For each directory, which is either an absolute path to an X font directory or (preferably) simply the last component of its path (such as '75dpi' or 'misc'), update-fonts-scale will assemble either /usr/lib/X11/fonts/directory/fonts.scale or /usr/share/fonts/X11/directory/fonts.scale from the index files found at /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, where package is the name of the package installing the fonts.
This enables multiple packages to provide names for fonts in the same directory. No font package actually provides the fonts.scale file in the X font directory itself, so there is no danger of overwriting one package's font names with those of another.
For instance, the two packages 'xfonts-scalable' (real) and 'xfonts-nifty' (hypothetical) may both install fonts into the directory /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1. They each place their fonts.scale files in /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-scalable.scale and /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/xfonts-nifty.scale (respectively). update-fonts-scale concatenates these two files (as well as any others that match /etc/X11/fonts/Type1/*.scale) into /usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/fonts.scale.
The format for fonts.scale files is given in the (1x) manual page.
update-fonts-scale takes one or more X font directory names to operate on as operands. Only the final path component of the directory name should be specified; e.g.,
<DD CLASS="c1|update-fonts-scale 75dpi:
Notes are only displayed under special circumstances; see "ENVIRONMENT". above.
See the Debian Bug Tracking System <URL: http://bugs.debian.org/xfonts-utils >. If you wish to report a bug in update-fonts-scale, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the reportbug?(1) command.
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