Installing fonts

Michael Ulm michael.ulm at
Tue Jul 8 10:02:58 UTC 2008

Rick wrote:
> squareyes wrote:
>> Rick wrote:
>>> Ah! There's the sticking point. There are several places where fonts are 
>>> stored in the new Ubuntu. I spoke ambiguously, because I don't know 
>>> where to put them in 8.04.
>>> Rick
>> Hi Rick,
>> one place
>> usr/share/fonts/
>> Hope this helps
>> Take Care
>> Winton
> It would help immensely, if it did not contradict the advice given by 
> other savants in the group when I previously asked the question. How do 
> I identify the truth?
> Is it your usr/share/fonts/ or /.fonts or /TTF or 
> <>?
> Why are there multiple answers? Why are there multiple places? Why is 
> nothing ever straightforward in Linux?

There is no contradiction, which you could have found out yourself by
reading the page you refered to

Look at the "Manually" section there.

There are several places where you can put your fonts. You can chose
which places these are by editing /etc/fonts/fonts.conf. In this way
you can organize your fonts in a manner that appeals to you.
For example, you may want to put Hebrew fonts into a seperate folder.
Also note, that fonts you put in ~/.fonts are only visible to you.

I hope that clears up the confusion a bit.

Best regards,


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