FreeBSD and building XFree86-4 fonts

Michael D. Harlan mike at
Tue Nov 18 13:20:52 PST 2003

Jeff, this is the response I have sent to another inquisitive FreeBSD 
user.  Hopefully the solution works for you, too.


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Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 17:59:51 -0500
From: "Michael D. Harlan" <r3mdh at>
To: robertson.rob at
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: FreeBSD and building XFree86-4 fonts
In-Reply-To: <200311071957.hA7JveBX001287 at>
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.4i

Hi Rob,

Actually, my question was never replied to.  And, I was never able to get 
the fonts to install via ports.  However, I did manage to get them 
installed via PACKAGES.  If you go into /stand/sysinstall, you can select 
the scalable fonts for installation.  For some reason, this works.  Once 
the fonts are installed, gnome will continue on in the installation.  Once 
you get to the *.so.1 issue, find the *.so.x file, where x is a number 
from 1-5 and symlink it to the filename that the makefile asks for.  After 
that, it should be relatively smooth sailing for you.  I have the latest 
gnome port installed on my system and it works like a champ.

There is definitely something broken with the port for the scalable fonts.  
The port author did not reply to any of my e-mails, so I kept tinkering 
around until I found the package route.  

Hopefully you have the same success.  Let me know if I can be of further 
assistance and I'll do what I can.


On Fri, Nov 07, 2003 at 02:57:40PM -0500, robertson.rob at had this to say:
: Hi mike.  In searching for someone that might know something about the problem I am finding in compiling applications that required the encoded XFree86-4 fonts I am seeing the same problem that you reported in the questions email group for FreeBSD.  The problem is that the Makefile created by imake contains references to macros that are supposed to handle the encoding.  My guess is that they are defined anywhere that the make program can find.
: I didn't see any response to your question, but I wondered if someone contacted you directly about the solution to this problem.  I am stuck now, in that I can't use either gnome or kde, because they require that the fonts are installed.
: Your question was submitted to:
: freebsd-questions at
: The subject was:
: Makefile for XFree86-fontScalable-4.3.0 port is broken?
: Please let me know if you were able to resolve the problem, and how you did it.
: Thank you very much,
: Rob Robertson robertson.rob at
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Mike Harlan
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