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    Default In search of a font manager

    opensuse 13.2
    xfce 4.10 desktop

    Is there a usable font manager for linux?
    I have not seen one yet.
    If I need to view fonts, I have to open LibreOffice. Then there is installing a font package ("Oh, just throw the files in /usr/share/fonts/??? somewhere. Then magic happens." Really?).

    The default "font viewer" is truly hideous and completely useless.
    "fontinfo" just spins a CPU without presenting anything.
    "fontmatrix" no longer exists.
    "fonttools" and "fontforge" are not management tools.
    "tkfont" crashes.
    "fonty python" requires some obscure library.
    "font-manager" won't build because some obscure version of libxml is missing.

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    Default Re: In search of a font manager

    Hi
    Font manager requires libxml2-python, which for whatever reason is called python-libxml2 and in 13.2 already.

    The font-manager package from the publishing repository is built;
    https://software.opensuse.org/packag...m=font-manager
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    Thank you!

    That is, indeed, what I was hoping to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimoe666 View Post
    Thank you!

    That is, indeed, what I was hoping to find.
    Hi
    So it's all working as intended now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    So it's all working as intended now?
    For viewing installled fonts it is excellent. For managing fonts, not so much.

    I selected "remove fonts." It presented an empty list of installed fonts. Wait... What? It was showing the complete list of installed fonts in the main window behind the Remove panel which showed no installed fonts.

    Nor can I install fonts using the app. I do not know what it expects to find, but Type1 fonts (afm, pfm, pfb) is not one of them.

    I suppose I could log into a KDE desktop to use its font manager. I read that it was useful. I am currently using the xfce desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimoe666 View Post
    For viewing installled fonts it is excellent. For managing fonts, not so much.

    I selected "remove fonts." It presented an empty list of installed fonts. Wait... What? It was showing the complete list of installed fonts in the main window behind the Remove panel which showed no installed fonts.

    Nor can I install fonts using the app. I do not know what it expects to find, but Type1 fonts (afm, pfm, pfb) is not one of them.

    I suppose I could log into a KDE desktop to use its font manager. I read that it was useful. I am currently using the xfce desktop.
    You can run it inside xfce without loging into kde.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conram View Post
    You can run it inside xfce without loging into kde.
    Do you know the name of the executable? Neither "kfontinst" nor "kfontview" are useful.

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    Default Re: In search of a font manager

    Quote Originally Posted by jimoe666 View Post
    Do you know the name of the executable? Neither "kfontinst" nor "kfontview" are useful.
    Code:
    kcmshell4 fontinst
    Or just run "systemsettings", probably shown in the menu as "KDE Systemsettings".
    The font manager can be found in the last section, "System Administration".
    Last edited by wolfi323; 21-Jan-2015 at 10:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Or just run "systemsettings", probably shown in the menu as "KDE Systemsettings".
    The font manager can be found in the last section, "System Administration".
    Thanks. There was no "KDE Systemsettings" listed in the menus. However, running "systemsettings" from a command line got it going. While a bit awkward to start, I can view, add, and remove fonts now. Yay!

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    Default Re: In search of a font manager

    Okay, I found "KDE Systemsettings" in the xfce Settings Manager. Unfortunately it is a dead link, i.e, clicking on it does nothing.

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