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Very strange...

Nov 11, 2013, 08:21
Post: #1
Very strange...
I was going to try to post a helpful comment on the "fonts are asterisks" thread, but figured I better check it out first.

I opened Preferences>Folders>Fonts and got two paths: (Windows 7)

C:\ Users \ btraven \ .gimp2.8 \ fonts [and]

C:\ Program Files \ GIMP \ share \ 2.0 \ fonts

When I used the loathsome and odious Windows Explorer--because I can't remember the damn command line stuff, so don't give me any sh*t about it--I found that the first one was empty and the second one didn't exist. Nothing, nada, no such file. It goes from dynamics to fractalexplorer with no fonts.

And yet I can use the Text tool with no problems. All the fonts work, or at least all the ones I've tried.

Where the hell are they? They gotta be there, they're working. How can I find the path? And why, if in preferences the paths are bogus, are they still being found by the program? And why do I even care about this? I gotta get out more.
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Nov 11, 2013, 09:17
Post: #2
RE: Very strange...
Good question.
I don't know why the windows Gimp does not have a global font folder, even an empty one. It seems to go back to the windows fontconfig file which over-rides that particular Gimp setting for system wide files.

My current linux installation Gimp 2.8.8 does have a '/usr/share/gimp/2.0/fonts/' folder so it is a windows thing.

You could always run a quick test, add a fonts folder, pop in an unusual font, see if it shows up in Gimp.

If that worked, you would only really need one if you have several users on the same computer, each with their own accounts and needed the same non-system font to be shared between them. Otherwise in windows easier to install the font into the windows system for everyone or in your '.gimp-2.8\fonts' for an individual.

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Nov 11, 2013, 09:19
Post: #3
RE: Very strange...
(Nov 11, 2013 08:21)btraven Wrote:  I was going to try to post a helpful comment on the "fonts are asterisks" thread, but figured I better check it out first.

I opened Preferences>Folders>Fonts and got two paths: (Windows 7)

C:\ Users \ btraven \ .gimp2.8 \ fonts [and]

C:\ Program Files \ GIMP \ share \ 2.0 \ fonts

When I used the loathsome and odious Windows Explorer--because I can't remember the damn command line stuff, so don't give me any sh*t about it--I found that the first one was empty and the second one didn't exist. Nothing, nada, no such file. It goes from dynamics to fractalexplorer with no fonts.

And yet I can use the Text tool with no problems. All the fonts work, or at least all the ones I've tried.

Where the hell are they? They gotta be there, they're working. How can I find the path? And why, if in preferences the paths are bogus, are they still being found by the program? And why do I even care about this? I gotta get out more.

Well for the most part, the fonts you use in Gimp are automatically imported from the system when you start up Gimp. This can sometimes take a little while to load up, the more fonts you have, the first time, but after that it loads faster.

As for the two folders
By default, the search path includes two folders: a system folder, where items installed along with GIMP are placed, and a personal folder, inside your personal GIMP directory, where items added by you should be placed. The system folder should not be marked as writable, and you should not try to alter its contents. The personal folder must be marked as writable or it is useless, because there is nothing inside it except what you put there.

ref: http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/C/gimp-pimping....lders-data

As for MR, he would make a good bug tester as his gimp always has some kind of obscure problem (sorry, its true lol) but sometimes we can help him/sometimes google is his BFF.
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Nov 12, 2013, 02:53
Post: #4
RE: Very strange...
Thanks.

But wait, there's more... in another thread.
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