A font is an entire set of glyphs that make up a typeface. Installing a font allows the user to use that font in order to change the appearance of text on an output device such as a screen or printer.

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Fix terminal after displaying a binary file

I'd tried command cat with an executable file: cat /bin/ls Now I can't read any word in this terminal (Linux console). How can I fix it?
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How to view a TTF font file?

Is there an application to simply preview a font from a TTF file without installing it?
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What fonts are good for unicode glyphs

So I was looking at this answer on stackoverflow and realized that my fonts aren't covering a whole lot of the utf-8 unicode spectrum (as I get lots of squares). Does anyone know a font that will ...
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Can I change the font of terminal?

I have a Unix-like OS installed without desktop. Is it possible to change the font of the terminal?
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Italics in Emacs on a text terminal (rxvt-unicode)

I am using Emacs running in an urxvt, and I cannot get italics to work in Emacs although the terminal supports it. Here’s my current setup: I haven’t set $TERM, so it is the default rxvt-unicode-...
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How do font managers work in Fedora?

I am looking to do some font management on my Fedora system. I have installed both Font Manager and Fontmatrix. My goal was to be able to have more fonts installed than I wanted displayed, and to be ...
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Gallery of installed fonts

I want to view the fonts that are installed on my system. Specifically, I want the client-side (fontconfig) fonts, not the old-style X11 bitmap fonts on the server (for which xfontsel does an adequate ...
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Is there a unix command line tool that can analyze font files?

Given a directory of font files (TTF and OTF) I'd like to inspect each font and determine what style (regular, italic, bold, bold-italic) it is. Is there a command line tool for unix flavored ...
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Why do some characters show as squares in Chrome?

For example in the dev tools I get something like: Some of these squares are at the end of lines, initially I thought they were carriage returns but it turns out they aren't. Also, squares appear ...
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Font rendering issue in urxvt — too much space between characters

Starting earlier today I am getting font rendering issues with rxvt-unicode. Specifically with many fonts I get an abundance of extra space between characters. In other fonts rxvt refuses to change ...
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Can GRUB font size be customised?

I would like to reduce the size of the font of GRUB boot loader. Is it possible and so how?
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How does Linux manage fonts?

When I used Windows (a very very long time ago!), and Mac OS X, there was always a central "repository" of fonts shared and accessed by the OS and all programs (the font folder in Windows, and Font ...
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How can I make unicode symbols and truetype fonts work in xterm/uxterm?

I'd like to use a truetype font in xterm/uxterm (version 278) but I get problems with unicode symbols (é for example displays fine, so I guess it's not a disabled utf8 or a locale issue): $ echo -e "\...
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Font size issues with Emacs in linum-mode [duplicate]

I am using Emacs 23. linum-mode works well if using with default settings. But if I increase the font size, the numbers cannot be displayed. It seems the the frame to display the line numbers is not ...
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How to get good (Windows-like) font rendering on Linux Mint KDE

I'm using Linux Mint 13 KDE. I installed a TrueType font that I have and like (Arrus BT). I've noticed that the font rendering is noticeably worse on Linux. If I set hinting to none or slight, the ...
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Change font in echo command

Is it possible to change the font attributes of the output of echo in either zsh or bash? What I would like is something akin to: echo -n "This is the font: normal " echo -n $font=italic "italic," ...
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emacs does not see my fonts in gentoo

I copied my ~/.emacs file from ubuntu linux; I've installed Consolas font (and it works in gnome terminal, and as a default Monospace font); but Emacs does not see it (custom-set-faces '(default ((t (...
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How do I change the screen font size when using a virtual console?

Using LDXE and Ubuntu, I can log into a virtual console via Ctrl+Alt+F1. The text is far too small. How do I change the screen resolution to get a larger font?
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Improve the font rendering in Fedora

I was using Ubuntu and recently moved to Fedora 15 with Gnome 3. I am not at all impressed with the subpixel smoothing and fonts in Fedora. How do I improve the readability and quality?
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Increase font size in rxvt-unicode without editing ~/.Xdefaults

I am a loyal Linux fan who has been spending a lot of time using iTerm on a mac lately. One thing I really like about the mac, and iTerm in particular, is the ability to use a keyboard shortcut to in/...
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What is the font used for GNU documentation?

I am interested in learning how documentation for GNU related software is written, and am wondering what type of font is used in their PDF documentation? (for instance, the GCC manual here: http://gcc....
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How do I permanently change the console TTY font type so it holds after reboot?

I'm running Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit Desktop Edition (A Debian based Linux). I used sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup from the command line to change the default console font type to Terminus. ...
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Use or convert .ttf font for console use in FreeBSD

I have a monospace .ttf font I really like (UbuntuBeta Mono). Is there any way I can use it (or convert first and then use, if needed) for the console in freeBSD? I know there is usr/share/syscons/...
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How do I use a font in .ttc format as the console font?

I rather dislike the available tty fonts and would rather use Menlo, which is what I use in OS X's Terminal. Menlo is in a .ttc format, but (from the contents of /usr/share/consolefonts) Linux seems ...
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How to find out how fc-match matches?

When I run fc-mach Sans, it returns DejaVuSans.ttf: "DejaVu Sans" "Book" but if it is run like fc-match "Sans " or fc-match "Sans 9" it returns unifont.ttf: "unifont" "Medium". I prefer to always use ...
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How to list console and kernel fonts?

I have a number of console fonts installed in /lib/kbd/consolefonts/ installed. How do I list them (obviously all I can do, is just look at the filenames, but not at a list at available fonts). How ...
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Setting console font in vconsole.conf does not work (systemd)

I am trying to set a different default console font for my new Arch Linux installation (using systemd). I set up my vconsole.conf in /etc as so: KEYMAP=us FONT=Lat2-Terminus16 I rebooted and saw ...
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How to make Chinese characters display properly on Chromium

When I use Iceweasel (Debian version of Firefox), I can see Chinese characters found on this page, but not when using Chromium. I instead see rectangles. This is on Debian 7 (Wheezy).
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ImageMagick (or other) for UTF-8 text to image

I'm trying to create many single-character images using convert. The purpose is to provide a plastics specialist with images to print onto keyboard keycaps. The ImageMagick documentation suggests ...
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Using ~/.fonts.conf to change the weight of monospace fonts

On OS X, monospaced fonts are slightly more weighted than the other fonts. This (I feel) helps bring out the colors more vividly. Since I am on Linux, I'm trying to replicate the behavior. I'm ...
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Font getting reset in virtual console on GNU/Linux

I have set a custom font on my virtual console (vt1) using the following command: shell> setfont ter-114f If I switch to X (using Ctrl+Alt+F7) and come back to the virtual console (using Ctrl+...
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Larger “xterm” fonts on HIDPI displays

After several years of happily using different terminal emulators like Konsole, Gnome-TERMINAL, and lately XFCE Terminal in their appropriate desktop environments, I decided to use good old xterm with ...
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How do I diagnose a font rendering problem?

I recently updated my Fedora Rawhide system, and after doing so, fonts in Firefox (now 31) are ugly. But... not all of them. I traced it down to some fonts being rendered as "Helvetica" (the element ...
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Perfectly pixelmapped fonts in Emacs

In Ubuntu, in IntelliJ, the font PragmataPro Mono looks like this: Note the perfectly mapped pixels. The IntelliJ setting Appearance & Behavior > Appearance > Antialiasing > Editor is ...
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missing pieces of certain letters in text in Linux Mint [closed]

My problem is that as I type this message, in the second word, "problem", there are horizontal slices of missing bits in both the l and the m. Following perusal of a similar question on the askUbuntu ...
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How can I install MS Windows fonts on Fedora 15?

I've just installed Fedora 15 and here is some troubles with fonts. How can I install MS fonts?
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Disable bold font in urxvt

I want to disable the bold font in my urxvt config (.Xresources). xterm has the option allowBoldFonts. Is there a similar option for urxvt? I can't find anything similar.
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Find the best font for rendering a codepoint

How to find the appropriate font for rendering unicode codepoints ? gnome-terminal find that characters like «🉃⼼😻🕲🝤» can be rendered with fonts like Symbola rather than my terminal font or the ...
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How can I get better-looking fonts in my terminal (URxvt)?

I've noticed that the fonts in URxvt look a little bit low-res compared to fonts that I see in my browser, for example. I was wondering how could I fix my .Xdefaults file to make the fonts have a ...
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Can I install some debs from Ubuntu on Debian Squeeze to get nice font rendering?

I have both Debian Squeeze and Ubuntu 10.04 machines; the font rendering in 10.04/10.10 is beautiful out of the box but Squeeze is still ugly even after hours and hours of messing with ...
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How do I add Xft suppport to dwm?

I would like to use the inconsolata font in dwm's statusbar. Right now my config.h is set up like so using terminus: static const char font[] = "-*-terminus-medium-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*"; I ...
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Is there a command such as xwininfo, xdpyinfo, xprop, or xlsclient that will tell me what font an X client window is using?

I'm trying to find a command that will report what font a given X window is configured to use. Does such a command exist? Looking through these tools I did not see an option that would give me this: ...
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Changing monospace fonts system-wide

By default, the monospace font for my distribution (Trisquel) is Font A. I would like to change it to font B. Some time ago, I managed to make a partial change to Font C, but I have since forgotten ...
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rxvt and Inconsolata (a font)

Is it possible to use the rxvt terminal emulator with Inconsolata? Is it possible to use any TrueType fonts with rxvt? I'd like to use rxvt but would love to use my own fonts.
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Convert .bdf/.pcf font to .psf(u) for using as consolefont?

I am using Arch Linux. Is it possible to convert a BDF or PCF font to a PSF font for use in console/CONSOLEFONT in rc.conf? I haven't found anything that can do it,except bdf2psf which I got the ...
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how to make XTerm never use bold characters?

I am trying to make XTerm to never use a bold font, and nothing seems to work. I put settings in ~/.Xresources and then run xrdb ~/.Xresources and then start a new XTerm. This is what I try: XTerm*...
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How can I find the default (font) resource XTerm is using?

If I launch xterm with its default bitmap fonts and then select the 'Large' font from the 'VT Fonts' menu (via ctrl+right mouse), I get a very usable bitmap font with apparently good Japanese ...
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Degraded areas of some user interfaces, including pixellated or jagged fonts

For me the symptoms were first observed with PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENT. The first of my 2016 screenshots (below) is similar to the 2012 shot in Debian-related Fonts of some applications get confused so, ...
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Set system font in LXDE?

I want to set the system font in LXDE, but I can't find where the setting is. This is what the Font tab looks like in lxappearance. As you can see, there is no combo for selecting the font:
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Can a script determine which characters a terminal can display?

I'm working on a script that displays UTF-8 characters as output. In my Gnome Terminal, this prints out a pretty maple leaf (🍁): $ echo -e '\xF0\x9F\x8D\x81' In rxvt, it prints out a box (the ...