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I copied a bunch of .ttf and otf fonts into ~/.fonts, made sure permissions where set to my user/group and ran fc-cache ~/.fonts.

Opened up GIMP and Geany but the fonts aren't available. Any idea what's up?

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post the contents of /etc/fonts/fonts.conf or /etc/fonts/local.conf –  harish.venkat Jan 10 '13 at 20:33
pastebin.com/xMhTCL2D (no local.conf) –  user1561108 Jan 10 '13 at 20:55
Try fc-cache -fv and see if its actually scanning ~/.fonts, and see how many fonts it finds. You may also get lucky and find that -f fixes it... –  derobert Jan 10 '13 at 21:14
~/.fonts: caching, new cache contents: 0 fonts, 0 dirs –  user1561108 Jan 10 '13 at 21:41
also, they appear to be under ./.fontconfig too but still not showing inside any apps? –  user1561108 Jan 10 '13 at 22:29

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