[Xquartz-dev] The 2.1.0 package and Apple System Fonts

Jeremy Huddleston jeremyhu at berkeley.edu
Sun Dec 2 16:54:41 PST 2007

fontconfig is entirely client-side and is a separate process than the  
xserver-provided fonts.


On Dec 2, 2007, at 16:32, Merle Reinhart wrote:

> One thing I was noticing when comparing the "xset q" output between  
> Tiger and Leopard is on Leopard, at the bottom under 'Font cache:'  
> is says 'Server does not have the FontCache Extension'.  It  
> apparently does on Tiger as there is an active cache.
> As far as fontconfig goes, there is a lot of documentation in /usr/ 
> X11/share/doc/fontconfig.
> I played around with defining a local ~/.fonts.conf like the docs  
> described and pointed at some extra fonts in another directory.  fc- 
> cache properly sees it, but the Xserver doesn't.  Perhaps the lack  
> of the FontCache Extension is related?
> Merle
> On Dec 2, 2007, at 6:53 PM, Jeremy Huddleston wrote:
>> On Dec 2, 2007, at 14:17, Harald Hanche-Olsen wrote:
>>> Disclaimers: I have no idea how X11 interacts with fontconfig. My  
>>> only
>>> practical experience with font servers was back in the days of X
>>> terminals, and that was not in this century.  (The point being that
>>> the X terminal, having no local file system, could only get its  
>>> fonts
>>> from a font server.  The font servers were fragile beasts that would
>>> curl up and die if you looked at them crosswise, and we were glad to
>>> get rid of them when the last X terminal left the building.)
>> Ok, I found a good description for you from http://www.freshports.org/x11-fonts/libXft/ 
>>  :
>> The current version of Xft provides a client-side font API for X
>> applications. It uses Fontconfig to select fonts and the X protocol  
>> for
>> rendering them. When available, Xft uses the Render extension to  
>> accelerate
>> text drawing. When Render is not available, Xft uses the core  
>> protocol to draw
>> client-side glyphs. This provides completely compatible support of  
>> client-side
>> fonts for all X servers.
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