February 23rd, 2010


Installing jmk fonts under Ubuntu

I'm currently installing Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop at home because I'm sick of using FreeBSD as a desktop (specifically, the headache that is the ports tree). I'm going to make a note here of any gotchas that I encounter during my transition.

I've been using JMK's Neep Alt font in gvim. I find it a pleasing font for programming. This is a bitmap font, which Ubuntu doesn't seem to support out of the box.

First, install the software package:

$ sudo apt-get install xfonts-jmk

Then you need to delete the following file:

$ sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf

Finally, rebuild the font cache:

$ sudo fc-cache -f -v

Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=792471