Fonts in Ubuntu
much confusion about installing fonts in Ubuntu. I have a
procedure laid out to install your fonts. Lets get down to
First thing first I recommend you install the Microsoft TrueType core
fonts. To install them type the following at a terminal:
apt-get install msttcorefonts
This will install fonts like Arial, Times New Roman and other Microsoft
proprietary fonts. It will not however install Tahoma.
Sometimes this server is really busy or down so be patient.
Also there are some Java fonts like Lucida that you can install.
This requires the 1.5 JRE to be installed. To
type the following in a terminal.
apt-get install sun-java5-fonts
Now lets say you have soem custom fonts you wish to install.
No problem as I can help you with this as well.
All the fonts you will use in Ubuntu are stored in two places.
I recommend you install them in the #1 loaction. Reason being
that if you install them to your /home directory they will not be
accessible form another account on the computer. Lets begin,
First make a folder to hold your custom fonts.
mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/customttf I am
using customttf as an
Next open a terminal in the folder where you have a bunch of custom
fonts and type the following:
cp ./*.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/customttf This
will copy the truetype
fonts to that folder.
Now that we have the fonts in the proper folder we need to install them
in Ubuntu. That is what the fc-cache command is for.
Open a terminal in your customttf folder and type the following:
fc-cache -f -v
This will install the fonts so that your applications like OpenOffice
and others can use them.
I hope this helps.