Subject: Re: X server (FBdev) on Falcon
To: Thomas Gerner <email@example.com>
From: chris_gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/07/1998 22:27:06
On Sun, 7 Jun 1998, Thomas Gerner wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 07, 1998 at 11:09:38AM +0100, chris_gray wrote:
> > > As far as I konw the X fonts archive contains compressed fonts, but
> > > unfortunately the Server can't work with compressed fonts. Can it
> > > be that your fonts are compressed?
> > Indeed it could. :[ So I should uncompress them? Will do.
> As an alternative I can send you a X server which should work with
> compressed fonts. The reason why the Atari servers on ftp.netbsd.org
> can't use compressed fonts is that the servers are XFree 3.2 while the
> other parts are XFree 3.3. But I guess using compressed fonts will
> slow down the server, because the server must uncompress every font
> every time which the font is asked for. The advantage of compressed
> fonts is that it uses less disk space.
Given the speed (or lack thereof) at which the X server runs, I think
uncompressed fonts would be better ...
I uncompressed everything, including the filenames in each of the font.dir
files (i.e. I did a :%s/.Z//g or :%s.gz//g as appropriate). Some directories
(IIRC 100dpi) had every font twice, once as .gz and once as .Z -- so much
for saving disk space!
So to summarise for posterity:
in each of the subdirectories under /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts (or wherever):
gunzip *.Z (or gunzip *.gz, depending)
:%s/.Z//g (or :%s/.gz//g)
:w! ('cos file is normally read-only)
Oh, and you need to be root to do all that.
Thenks for the help
P.S. it's bloody slow, ain't it?