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FONTS-CONF(5)                                                    FONTS-CONF(5)

       fonts.conf - Font configuration files


       Fontconfig is a library designed to provide system-wide font configura-
       tion, customization and application access.

       Fontconfig contains two essential  modules,  the  configuration  module
       which  builds an internal configuration from XML files and the matching
       module which accepts font patterns and  returns  the  nearest  matching

       The  configuration  module  consists of the FcConfig datatype, libexpat
       and FcConfigParse which walks over an XML tree and amends a  configura-
       tion  with data found within.  From an external perspective, configura-
       tion of the library consists of generating a valid XML tree and feeding
       that  to  FcConfigParse.  The only other mechanism provided to applica-
       tions for changing the running configuration is to add fonts and direc-
       tories to the list of application-provided font files.

       The intent is to make font configurations relatively static, and shared
       by as many applications as possible.  It is hoped that this  will  lead
       to  more  stable font selection when passing names from one application
       to another.  XML was chosen as a configuration file format  because  it
       provides  a  format  which  is  easy  for external agents to edit while
       retaining the correct structure and syntax.

       Font configuration is separate from font matching; applications needing
       to  do  their  own  matching  can  access  the available fonts from the
       library and perform private matching.  The intent is to permit applica-
       tions  to  pick  and  choose appropriate functionality from the library
       instead of forcing them to choose between this library  and  a  private
       configuration  mechanism.   The hope is that this will ensure that con-
       figuration of fonts for all applications  can  be  centralized  in  one
       place.   Centralizing  font  configuration will simplify and regularize
       font installation and customization.

       While font patterns may contain essentially any properties,  there  are
       some well known properties with associated types.  Fontconfig uses some
       of these properties for font matching and font completion.  Others  are
       provided as a convenience for the applications' rendering mechanism.

         Property        Type    Description
         family          String  Font family names
         familylang      String  Languages corresponding to each family
         style           String  Font style. Overrides weight and slant
         stylelang       String  Languages corresponding to each style
         fullname        String  Font full names (often includes style)
         fullnamelang    String  Languages corresponding to each fullname
         slant           Int     Italic, oblique or roman
         weight          Int     Light, medium, demibold, bold or black
         size            Double  Point size
         width           Int     Condensed, normal or expanded
         aspect          Double  Stretches glyphs horizontally before hinting
         pixelsize       Double  Pixel size
         spacing         Int     Proportional, dual-width, monospace or charcell
         foundry         String  Font foundry name
         antialias       Bool    Whether glyphs can be antialiased
         hinting         Bool    Whether the rasterizer should use hinting
         hintstyle       Int     Automatic hinting style
         verticallayout  Bool    Use vertical layout
         autohint        Bool    Use autohinter instead of normal hinter
         globaladvance   Bool    Use font global advance data
         file            String  The filename holding the font
         index           Int     The index of the font within the file
         ftface          FT_Face Use the specified FreeType face object
         rasterizer      String  Which rasterizer is in use
         outline         Bool    Whether the glyphs are outlines
         scalable        Bool    Whether glyphs can be scaled
         scale           Double  Scale factor for point->pixel conversions
         dpi             Double  Target dots per inch
         rgba            Int     unknown, rgb, bgr, vrgb, vbgr,
                                 none - subpixel geometry
         lcdfilter       Int     Type of LCD filter
         minspace        Bool    Eliminate leading from line spacing
         charset         CharSet Unicode chars encoded by the font
         lang            String  List of RFC-3066-style languages this
                                 font supports
         fontversion     Int     Version number of the font
         capability      String  List of layout capabilities in the font
         embolden        Bool    Rasterizer should synthetically embolden the font

       Fontconfig  performs matching by measuring the distance from a provided
       pattern to all of the available  fonts  in  the  system.   The  closest
       matching  font  is  selected.   This ensures that a font will always be
       returned, but doesn't ensure that it is  anything  like  the  requested

       Font  matching  starts  with  an  application constructed pattern.  The
       desired attributes of the resulting font are collected  together  in  a
       pattern.   Each property of the pattern can contain one or more values;
       these are listed in priority order; matches earlier  in  the  list  are
       considered "closer" than matches later in the list.

       The  initial  pattern  is  modified  by  applying  the  list of editing
       instructions specific to patterns found in the configuration; each con-
       sists  of  a match predicate and a set of editing operations.  They are
       executed in the order they appeared in the configuration.   Each  match
       causes the associated sequence of editing operations to be applied.

       After  the pattern has been edited, a sequence of default substitutions
       are performed to canonicalize the set  of  available  properties;  this
       avoids the need for the lower layers to constantly provide default val-
       ues for various font properties during rendering.

       The canonical font pattern is finally  matched  against  all  available
       fonts.   The distance from the pattern to the font is measured for each
       of several properties: foundry, charset, family, lang, spacing,  pixel-
       size,  style,  slant,  weight, antialias, rasterizer and outline.  This
       list is in priority order -- results of comparing earlier  elements  of
       this list weigh more heavily than later elements.

       There is one special case to this rule; family names are split into two
       bindings; strong and weak.   Strong  family  names  are  given  greater
       precedence  in the match than lang elements while weak family names are
       given lower precedence than lang elements.  This permits  the  document
       language  to  drive  font selection when any document specified font is

       The pattern representing that font is augmented to include any  proper-
       ties  found  in the pattern but not found in the font itself; this per-
       mits the application to pass rendering instructions or any  other  data
       through the matching system.  Finally, the list of editing instructions
       specific to fonts found in the configuration are applied  to  the  pat-
       tern.  This modified pattern is returned to the application.

       The  return value contains sufficient information to locate and raster-
       ize the font, including the file name, pixel size and  other  rendering
       data.   As  none  of  the information involved pertains to the FreeType
       library, applications are free to use any rasterization engine or  even
       to take the identified font file and access it directly.

       The  match/edit  sequences  in  the  configuration are performed in two
       passes because there are essentially two different operations necessary
       -- the first is to modify how fonts are selected; aliasing families and
       adding suitable defaults.  The second is to  modify  how  the  selected
       fonts  are  rasterized.  Those must apply to the selected font, not the
       original pattern as false matches will often occur.

       Fontconfig provides a textual  representation  for  patterns  that  the
       library  can  both accept and generate.  The representation is in three
       parts, first a list of family names, second a list of point  sizes  and
       finally a list of additional properties:

            <families>-<point sizes>:<name1>=<values1>:<name2>=<values2>...

       Values  in  a list are separated with commas.  The name needn't include
       either families or point sizes; they can be elided.  In addition, there
       are  symbolic  constants that simultaneously indicate both a name and a
       value.  Here are some examples:

         Name                            Meaning
         Times-12                        12 point Times Roman
         Times-12:bold                   12 point Times Bold
         Courier:italic                  Courier Italic in the default size
         Monospace:matrix=1 .1 0 1       The users preferred monospace font
                                         with artificial obliquing

       The '\', '-', ':' and ',' characters in family names must be  preceeded
       by a '\' character to avoid having them misinterpreted. Similarly, val-
       ues containing '\', '=', '_', ':' and ',' must also have them preceeded
       by  a  '\' character. The '\' characters are stripped out of the family
       name and values as the font name is read.

       To help diagnose font and applications problems,  fontconfig  is  built
       with  a  large  amount  of  internal debugging left enabled. It is con-
       trolled by means of the FC_DEBUG environment  variable.  The  value  of
       this  variable  is  interpreted  as  a number, and each bit within that
       value controls different debugging messages.

         Name         Value    Meaning
         MATCH            1    Brief information about font matching
         MATCHV           2    Extensive font matching information
         EDIT             4    Monitor match/test/edit execution
         FONTSET          8    Track loading of font information at startup
         CACHE           16    Watch cache files being written
         CACHEV          32    Extensive cache file writing information
         PARSE           64    (no longer in use)
         SCAN           128    Watch font files being scanned to build caches
         SCANV          256    Verbose font file scanning information
         MEMORY         512    Monitor fontconfig memory usage
         CONFIG        1024    Monitor which config files are loaded
         LANGSET       2048    Dump char sets used to construct lang values
         OBJTYPES      4096    Display message when value typechecks fail

       Add the value of the desired debug levels together and assign that  (in
       base 10) to the FC_DEBUG environment variable before running the appli-
       cation. Output from these statements is sent to stdout.

       Each font in the database contains a list  of  languages  it  supports.
       This is computed by comparing the Unicode coverage of the font with the
       orthography of each language.  Languages are tagged using  an  RFC-3066
       compatible  naming  and  occur in two parts -- the ISO 639 language tag
       followed a hyphen and then by the ISO 3166 country  code.   The  hyphen
       and country code may be elided.

       Fontconfig  has  orthographies  for  several  languages  built into the
       library.  No provision has been made for adding  new  ones  aside  from
       rebuilding the library.  It currently supports 122 of the 139 languages
       named in ISO 639-1, 141 of the languages with two-letter codes from ISO
       639-2 and another 30 languages with only three-letter codes.  Languages
       with both two and three letter codes are provided  with  only  the  two
       letter code.

       For  languages  used  in  multiple territories with radically different
       character sets, fontconfig includes per-territory orthographies.   This
       includes Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Pashto, Tigrinya and Chinese.

       Configuration  files for fontconfig are stored in XML format; this for-
       mat makes external configuration tools easier to write and ensures that
       they  will  generate syntactically correct configuration files.  As XML
       files are plain text, they can also be manipulated by the  expert  user
       using a text editor.

       The  fontconfig document type definition resides in the external entity
       "fonts.dtd"; this is normally stored in the default font  configuration
       directory  (/etc/fonts).   Each  configuration  file should contain the
       following structure:

            <?xml version="1.0"?>
            <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">

       This is the top level element for a font configuration and can  contain
       <dir>, <cache>, <include>, <match> and <alias> elements in any order.

       This  element  contains a directory name which will be scanned for font
       files to include in the set of available fonts.

       This element contains a file name for the per-user cache of font infor-
       mation.   If  it starts with '~', it refers to a file in the users home
       directory.  This file is used to  hold  information  about  fonts  that
       isn't  present  in  the per-directory cache files.  It is automatically
       maintained by the fontconfig library.  The default  for  this  file  is
       ``~/.fonts.cache-<version>'', where <version> is the font configuration
       file version number (currently 2).

       This element contains the name of an additional configuration  file  or
       directory.   If  a directory, every file within that directory starting
       with an ASCII digit (U+0030  -  U+0039)  and  ending  with  the  string
       ``.conf''  will be processed in sorted order.  When the XML datatype is
       traversed by FcConfigParse, the contents of the file(s)  will  also  be
       incorporated  into  the  configuration  by  passing  the filename(s) to
       FcConfigLoadAndParse.  If 'ignore_missing' is set to "yes"  instead  of
       the  default  "no",  a missing file or directory will elicit no warning
       message from the library.

       This element provides a place to consolidate  additional  configuration
       information.  <config> can contain <blank> and <rescan> elements in any

       Fonts often include "broken" glyphs which appear in  the  encoding  but
       are  drawn  as blanks on the screen.  Within the <blank> element, place
       each Unicode characters which is supposed to be blank in an <int>  ele-
       ment.   Characters outside of this set which are drawn as blank will be
       elided from the set of characters supported by the font.

       The <rescan> element holds an <int> element which indicates the default
       interval  between  automatic  checks  for  font  configuration changes.
       Fontconfig will validate all of the configuration files and directories
       and  automatically rebuild the internal datastructures when this inter-
       val passes.

       This element is used to black/white list fonts  from  being  listed  or
       matched against.  It holds acceptfont and rejectfont elements.

       Fonts  matched  by  an acceptfont element are "whitelisted"; such fonts
       are explicitly included in the set of fonts used to  resolve  list  and
       match  requests;  including  them in this list protects them from being
       "blacklisted" by a rejectfont  element.   Acceptfont  elements  include
       glob and pattern elements which are used to match fonts.

       Fonts  matched  by  an rejectfont element are "blacklisted"; such fonts
       are excluded from the set of fonts  used  to  resolve  list  and  match
       requests  as  if  they didn't exist in the system.  Rejectfont elements
       include glob and pattern elements which are used to match fonts.

       Glob elements hold shell-style filename matching patterns (including  ?
       and  *)  which match fonts based on their complete pathnames.  This can
       be used to exclude a set of  directories  (/usr/share/fonts/uglyfont*),
       or  particular  font  file  types  (*.pcf.gz), but the latter mechanism
       relies rather heavily on filenaming conventions which can't  be  relied
       upon.   Note  that  globs  only apply to directories, not to individual

       Pattern elements perform list-style matching on  incoming  fonts;  that
       is,  they  hold  a  list  of elements and associated values.  If all of
       those elements have a matching value,  then  the  pattern  matches  the
       font.  This can be used to select fonts based on attributes of the font
       (scalable, bold, etc), which is a more reliable  mechanism  than  using
       file extensions.  Pattern elements include patelt elements.

       Patelt elements hold a single pattern element and list of values.  They
       must have a 'name' attribute which indicates the pattern element  name.
       Patelt  elements include int, double, string, matrix, bool, charset and
       const elements.

       This element holds first a (possibly empty) list of <test> elements and
       then  a (possibly empty) list of <edit> elements.  Patterns which match
       all of the tests are subjected to all the edits.  If 'target' is set to
       "font"  instead  of the default "pattern", then this element applies to
       the font name resulting from a match rather than a font pattern  to  be
       matched.  If  'target' is set to "scan", then this element applies when
       the font is scanned to build the fontconfig database.

       This element contains a single value which is compared with the  target
       ('pattern',  'font',  'scan' or 'default') property "property" (substi-
       tute any of the property names seen above). 'compare'  can  be  one  of
       "eq",  "not_eq",  "less",  "less_eq", "more", or "more_eq".  'qual' may
       either be the default, "any", in which case the match succeeds  if  any
       value associated with the property matches the test value, or "all", in
       which case all of the values associated with the  property  must  match
       the test value.  When used in a <match target="font"> element, the tar-
       get= attribute in the <test> element selects between matching the orig-
       inal pattern or the font.  "default" selects whichever target the outer
       <match> element has selected.

       This element contains a list of expression elements (any of  the  value
       or  operator  elements).  The expression elements are evaluated at run-
       time and modify the property "property".  The modification  depends  on
       whether  "property"  was  matched  by one of the associated <test> ele-
       ments, if so, the modification may affect the first matched value.  Any
       values  inserted  into  the  property  are  given the indicated binding
       ("strong", "weak" or "same") with "same" binding using the  value  from
       the matched pattern element.  'mode' is one of:

         Mode                    With Match              Without Match
         "assign"                Replace matching value  Replace all values
         "assign_replace"        Replace all values      Replace all values
         "prepend"               Insert before matching  Insert at head of list
         "prepend_first"         Insert at head of list  Insert at head of list
         "append"                Append after matching   Append at end of list
         "append_last"           Append at end of list   Append at end of list

       These  elements hold a single value of the indicated type.  <bool> ele-
       ments hold either true or false.  An important limitation exists in the
       parsing  of floating point numbers -- fontconfig requires that the man-
       tissa start with a digit, not a decimal point, so insert a leading zero
       for  purely  fractional  values  (e.g.  use  0.5 instead of .5 and -0.5
       instead of -.5).

       This element holds the four <double> elements of an affine  transforma-

       Holds  a property name.  Evaluates to the first value from the property
       of the font, not the pattern.

       Holds the name of a constant; these are always integers  and  serve  as
       symbolic names for common font values:

         Constant        Property        Value
         thin            weight          0
         extralight      weight          40
         ultralight      weight          40
         light           weight          50
         book            weight          75
         regular         weight          80
         normal          weight          80
         medium          weight          100
         demibold        weight          180
         semibold        weight          180
         bold            weight          200
         extrabold       weight          205
         black           weight          210
         heavy           weight          210
         roman           slant           0
         italic          slant           100
         oblique         slant           110
         ultracondensed  width           50
         extracondensed  width           63
         condensed       width           75
         semicondensed   width           87
         normal          width           100
         semiexpanded    width           113
         expanded        width           125
         extraexpanded   width           150
         ultraexpanded   width           200
         proportional    spacing         0
         dual            spacing         90
         mono            spacing         100
         charcell        spacing         110
         unknown         rgba            0
         rgb             rgba            1
         bgr             rgba            2
         vrgb            rgba            3
         vbgr            rgba            4
         none            rgba            5
         lcdnone         lcdfilter       0
         lcddefault      lcdfilter       1
         lcdlight        lcdfilter       2
         lcdlegacy       lcdfilter       3
         hintnone        hintstyle       0
         hintslight      hintstyle       1
         hintmedium      hintstyle       2
         hintfull        hintstyle       3

   <OR>, <AND>, <PLUS>, <MINUS>, <TIMES>, <DIVIDE>
       These  elements perform the specified operation on a list of expression
       elements.  <or> and <and> are boolean, not bitwise.

   <EQ>, <NOT_EQ>, <LESS>, <LESS_EQ>, <MORE>, <MORE_EQ>
       These elements compare two values, producing a boolean result.

       Inverts the boolean sense of its one expression element

       This element takes three expression elements; if the value of the first
       is true, it produces the value of the second, otherwise it produces the
       value of the third.

       Alias elements provide a shorthand notation for the set of common match
       operations needed to substitute one font family for another.  They con-
       tain a <family> element followed by  optional  <prefer>,  <accept>  and
       <default>  elements.  Fonts matching the <family> element are edited to
       prepend the list of <prefer>ed families before the  matching  <family>,
       append the <accept>able families after the matching <family> and append
       the <default> families to the end of the family list.

       Holds a single font family name

       These hold a list of <family> elements to be used by the  <alias>  ele-

       This is an example of a system-wide configuration file

       <?xml version="1.0"?>
       <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
       <!-- /etc/fonts/fonts.conf file to configure system font access -->
            Find fonts in these directories

            Accept deprecated 'mono' alias, replacing it with 'monospace'
       <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family"><string>mono</string></test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign"><string>monospace</string></edit>

            Names not including any well known alias are given 'sans'
       <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">sans</test>
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">serif</test>
            <test qual="all" name="family" mode="not_eq">monospace</test>
            <edit name="family" mode="append_last"><string>sans</string></edit>

            Load per-user customization file, but don't complain
            if it doesn't exist
       <include ignore_missing="yes">~/.fonts.conf</include>

            Load local customization files, but don't complain
            if there aren't any
       <include ignore_missing="yes">conf.d</include>
       <include ignore_missing="yes">local.conf</include>

            Alias well known font names to available TrueType fonts.
            These substitute TrueType faces for similar Type1
            faces to improve screen appearance.
            <prefer><family>Times New Roman</family></prefer>
            <prefer><family>Courier New</family></prefer>

            Provide required aliases for standard names
            Do these after the users configuration file so that
            any aliases there are used preferentially
            <prefer><family>Times New Roman</family></prefer>
            <prefer><family>Andale Mono</family></prefer>

       This  is  an  example  of  a  per-user configuration file that lives in

       <?xml version="1.0"?>
       <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
       <!-- ~/.fonts.conf for per-user font configuration -->

            Private font directory

            use rgb sub-pixel ordering to improve glyph appearance on
            LCD screens.  Changes affecting rendering, but not matching
            should always use target="font".
       <match target="font">
            <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"><const>rgb</const></edit>

       fonts.conf  contains  configuration  information  for  the   fontconfig
       library  consisting  of  directories to look at for font information as
       well as instructions on editing program specified font patterns  before
       attempting to match the available fonts.  It is in xml format.

       conf.d  is the conventional name for a directory of additional configu-
       ration files managed by external applications or the local  administra-
       tor.   The filenames starting with decimal digits are sorted in lexico-
       graphic order and used as additional configuration files.  All of these
       files  are  in  xml format.  The master fonts.conf file references this
       directory in an <include> directive.

       fonts.dtd is a DTD that  describes  the  format  of  the  configuration

       ~/.fonts.conf is the conventional location for per-user font configura-
       tion,  although  the  actual  location  is  specified  in  the   global
       fonts.conf file.

        ~/.fonts.cache-*  is  the  conventional repository of font information
       that isn't found in the per-directory caches.  This file  is  automati-
       cally maintained by fontconfig.

       fc-cache(1), fc-match(1), fc-list(1)

       Fontconfig version 2.6.0

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