update-fonts-scale [OPTION] directory ...

       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-installa-
       tion 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 assem-
       ble      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

       The  format  for fonts.scale files is given in the mkfontdir(1x) manual

       An example of how  to  use  update-fonts-scale  in  package  maintainer
       scripts is provided in the Debian Policy Manual.

       -h, --help displays a brief usage message and exits.

       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.,
              update-fonts-scale 75dpi
       is  correct,  while 'update-fonts-scale /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi'
       and 'update-fonts-scale /usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi' are not.

              indicates the width of the terminal device in  character  cells.
              This  value  is used for formatting diagnostic messages.  If not

       usage error: unrecognized option
              update-fonts-scale was invoked with an unrecognized option argu-
              ment.  Use only the options documented in "OPTIONS", above.

       fatal error: path to X font directory must be used
              A  directory  name was supplied that was not an X font directory
              name.  Supply X font directory names only.

       warning: absolute path directory was provided
              Usage of absolute paths is deprecated.  Use only the final  com-
              ponent of the X font directory name for directory.

       warning: directory does not exist or is not a directory
              The  supplied directory was invalid.  update-fonts-scale skipped

       Notes are only displayed under  special  circumstances;  see  "ENVIRON-
       MENT".  above.

       note: index references nonexistent font file filename
              The index file /etc/X11/fonts/directory/package.scale, refers to
              a nonexistent font file, filename.  This is normal when  package
              has been removed, but not purged from the system.  In other cir-
              cumstances, it likely indicates an error in package.

       0      update-fonts-scale ran successfully.

       1      update-fonts-scale experienced a fatal error; see the section on
              diagnostic messages above.

       2      update-fonts-scale was invoked with invalid arguments.

       See the Debian Bug Tracking System <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)

       update-fonts-scale was written by Branden Robinson.


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