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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

I've used to face same problem but I've solved adding another folder instead of use the default gimp's .... Have you reviewed the GIMP's folders configuration ? Also you can add folder for example in your /home/user1561108/myFavFonts

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