lubuntu font installer (just an idea)

Jean-Pierre Vidal Piesset jpxsat at
Mon Jul 16 14:19:25 UTC 2012

2012/7/16 PCMan < at>

> I really think that it's a good idea.
> KDE supports this IIRC.
> Installing a font in Linux should be easy and just involves copy &
> paste or drag & drop
> It's not difficult to implement at all.
> For example, a user bought some commercial true type fonts for use in
> Windows.
> The fonts sit happily in C:\windows\fonts.
> Someday he started using Lubuntu.
> Then he needs to generate deb packages for each of them and submit bug
> reports in the tracker of lubuntu to have them packaged.
> Then, he needs to wait for the next iteration of Lubuntu release to
> get these packages.
> If the fonts are not free fonts, there is no way to have them packaged
> by Lubuntu team.
> So, packaging everything apparently does not work in this case.
> Just having a tool to copy the *.ttf files to the font dir and calls
> fc-cache update is enough.
> The main UI can be simple, and the "sudo fc-cache" call can be
> replaced with a policykit action, I think.
> However we should only install the fonts to some restricted place like
> /usr/share/fonts/<our_own_folder> and not mixed with others installed
> by the packaging system.
> Just my two cents.
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM, Jonathan Marsden <jmarsden at>
> wrote:
> > Karl,
> >
> > On 07/15/2012 03:36 PM, Karl Anliot wrote:
> >
> >> Lubuntu doesn't have an automatic way to install font files. I
> >> noticed a user asking how to do this in lubuntu, he must have had a
> >> font he needed to use.
> >
> >> A new program could list fonts to remove, and install fonts from
> >> font files, and launch a font viewer if the user wants to look at a
> >> font. Someone could code this?
> >
> > Perhaps, but is there a good reason to do so?  Fonts can and (IMO)
> > should be packaged, just like other installable software.  They can then
> > be installed using existing package management tools (dpkg, apt-get,
> > synaptic, lsc, software center, ...), and updated automatically that way
> > as needed.
> >
> > Creating and maintaining a new "special" application just to install
> > fonts does not seem to me to have significant benefits, when packages
> > and all their associated software tools and infrastructure already exist.
> >
> > Worst case, if a user is willing to "go around" the package management
> > system to install an unpackaged font, they can use pcmanfm or any other
> > file management tool to create a directory under
> > /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ , copy their *.ttf files in there, and then
> run
> >
> >   sudo fc-cache -f -v
> >
> > This is the exact same approach described for Ubuntu at
> >
> >
> >
> > As far as I can see, Lubuntu is no better and no worse than Ubuntu in
> > this respect.  When a user asks how to install an unpackaged font, and
> > they are unwilling to package it, I suggest we can direct them to that
> > wiki page.
> >
> > Jonathan
> >
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Some time ago I went through the problem of installing fonts myself, since
in my office I'm migrating (with quite succes I must say) everybody to
Lubuntu. The problem was that I knew where to place fonts to install them,
but for newbies or average users it was a pain.
If I understand right, some functionality could be implemented within
pcmanfm to right click font files and install them? This would be a great

-- jpxsat
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