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Re: [Gnash-dev] PATCH: gnash 0.8.5: match TTF fonts on the fullname attr

From: Bernd Kischnick
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] PATCH: gnash 0.8.5: match TTF fonts on the fullname attribute
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:53:48 +0200

Bernd, any chance you know a way to instruct flash players
(both Gnash and the Adobe one) where to look for system fonts
as a normal user ?

The fontconfig library chooses the fonts.
Adobe's flash plugin ( dynamically links to libfontconfig, so any solution would work for both Adobe and gnash.

fontconfig always reads configuration from /etc/fonts/fonts.conf.
Usually, the configuration files preinstalled with a Linux distro have an include-command for a per-user config file;
on Ubuntu that seems to be ~/.fonts.conf

It would be possible to override any system configuration in a per- user file, I guess.

That doesn't really help for automated tests, I'm afraid, because you can't force to use a config that's included in the test setup. Also, the per-user config file would affect all other programs as well as gnash or the Adobe plugin.

It would be nice if fontconfig would look for an environment variable to find its config files. Actually, if you grep in the sources for "getenv", fontconfig seems to look for FONTCONFIG_PATH, FONTCONFIG_FILE, and HOME.

How you could use HOME is obvious, but the fontconfig docs don't contain any clues about how the other env strings might be used.

- Bernd

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