NAME chkfontpath - simple interface for adding, removing, and listing direc- tories in the X font servers path

SYNOPSIS chkfontpath [-lqfh] [-a name of directory to add] [-r name of directory to remove]

DESCRIPTION chkfontpath provides a simple method of configuring the directories contained in the X font servers path. As of Red Hat 6.0, all fonts in X are served via this separate font server process, not through the main X server process. This speeds up font rendering, and also allows use of font servers which are not running on the local host.

chkfontpath is mainly used by rpm in its %post and %postun sections to add and remove new directories to the servers config file at installa- tion and de-installation time of packages containing fonts.

-a, --add=name of directory to add Add a directory to the font path.

-r, --remove=name of directory to remove Remove a directory from the font path.

-l, --list List all directories in the font path.

-q, --quiet Quiet operation; dont display any output to the screen, even when there is an error during operation.

-f, --first Requires usage of the add command; puts the specified directory first in the font path, rather than last.

-h, --help Show detailed help on the command line.

When directories are added to the path, some sanity checking is per- formed to make sure you are not adding a directory without the file fonts.dir contained in it, which the server needs to be able to render fonts properly. When a path is succesfully added or removed, the xfs process is restarted if it is currently running.

RETURN CODES chkfontpath returns 0 on success, or 1 on error.

FILES /etc/X11/fs/config Configuration file for the X font server (xfs).

SEE ALSO xfs(1),fslsfonts(1)

AUTHOR Written by Preston Brown <>

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 1999-2001 Red Hat, Inc. All rights reserved. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTIBILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

4th Berkeley Distribution Thu Jan 18 2001 CHKFONTPATH(8)