I copied a bunch of .ttf and otf fonts into ~/.fonts, made sure permissions where set to my user/group and ran
Opened up GIMP and Geany but the fonts aren't available. Any idea what's up?
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