Fonts and FreeBSD

A Tutorial

Dave Bodenstab


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Last modified on 2019-03-23 04:50:01 +0000 by Benedict Reuschling.

This document contains a description of the various font files that may be used with FreeBSD and the syscons driver, X11, Ghostscript and Groff. Cookbook examples are provided for switching the syscons display to 80x60 mode, and for using type 1 fonts with the above application programs.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Basic Terminology
3. What Font Formats Can I Use?
4. Setting a Virtual Console to 80x60 Line Mode
5. Using Type 1 Fonts with X11
6. Using Type 1 Fonts with Ghostscript
7. Using Type 1 Fonts with Groff
8. Converting TrueType Fonts to a groff/PostScript Format For groff
9. Can TrueType Fonts be Used with Other Programs?
10. Where Can Additional Fonts be Obtained?
11. Additional Questions

1. Introduction

There are many sources of fonts available, and one might ask how they might be used with FreeBSD. The answer can be found by carefully searching the documentation for the component that one would like to use. This is very time consuming, so this tutorial is an attempt to provide a shortcut for others who might be interested.

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