"Matthew Lewis" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> After some research, I've discovered some things about fonts, gimp,
> and linux. (Some of this may be old news to many of you, but it was
> new to me because I'm not a font expert.) On RH8.0 (and probably
> other dist's as well) there are 3 font handlers. The first is the
> traditional X font server "xfs" or "xfstt" on some systems. The
> other two font handlers are Xft and the new Xft2. Xfs gets it's
> configuration from the familiar /etc/X11/XF86Config file and from
> /etc/X11/fs/config. Nothing new here. The Xft font handler uses
> /etc/X11/XftConfig for it's config (it may also be in
> /usr/X11R6/lib/X11 as well). But the newest version of Xft called
> Xft2 uses a pair of new config files which live in /etc/fonts called
> "fonts.conf" and "fonts.dtd".

RedHat ships with development versions of Pango so this is a
RedHat-only situation. They may have had good reasons to do
this. However this is totally unrelated to fonts in the GIMP text
tool since the GIMP text tool doesn't use X11 to render fonts. It
uses PangoFT2 which only happens to share a configuration file with

> This situtation kinda sucks because I have a lot of nice looking
> fonts which are useless under 1.3.10, but work perfectly under
> 1.2.3. I'm not sure why the font hadlers have become so fragmented
> under X/Gnome/Gimp, but it would be nice if there was some way to
> regain the use of the font libraries which worked under earlier
> versions of Gimp.

I wouldn't say that the fonts worked perfectly under GIMP-1.2.3 since
if anything sucks than it's the text tool in GIMP-1.2. The new tool
however is under development and subject to changes. You better stop
complaining. Then you should decide if you want to help with that
development. Any help is appreciated. If all you want to do is to use
The GIMP, you better delete GIMP-1.3.10 today and wait till we call it
a stable version.

Salut, Sven
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