xfrun4 slow with many fonts

Joe Stone joe.stone at gmx.net
Tue Nov 4 13:34:04 CET 2003


I have about 5800 font's

XFree86 Version 4.3.0 (gentoo:xfree-4.3.0-r3)
I use a standard gentoo installation, no ~x86, only stable

Now I tried some other programms.
all gtk-related apps opens slow (scite, gimp,...)
qt-apps are also opening all fonts
Sorry, I should have done before, but i use mainly xterm+vi and 

I added the path from the new fonts 
to the config-file from xfs:
and then I reloaded the xfs
	/etc/init.d/xfs restart
he indexed about 4 minutes and now all apps are starting fast.

I never fully understood the font-system of linux, so I added the 
fonts with kcontrol. (The first time in 5 years linux, that I needed 
nonstandard fonts).
This worked, I was able to use the fonts but I had this slow-start-problem.

Can it be, that the apps didn't find a font-index, so they built 
one self?

Now xfs knows my font-dir, all is working good.

Nevertheless a strange behavior that apps need to scan all fonts.
Even when I opened a dialog of a qt-app, the scanning started.

Eduard thank you for your reply, do you want some infos more from me?


On Monday 03 November 2003 22:54, Eduard Roccatello wrote:
> On Monday 03 November 2003 11:47, Joe Stone wrote:
> > I have a problem with xfrun4.
> > Last week I installed many fonts and since then xfrun4 is veerrry slow.
> what is your sys configuration and how many fonts have you installed?
> i have a lot of fonts installed (on xfree 4.3.X) and xfrun open in 0.1-0.2
> secs
> > Why are fonts processed by xfrun4?
> > How can I stop this behavior?
> i think gtk themeable capacity is the cause.
> other apps works well?
> > Has somebody an idea?
> we are investigating :)
> > btw I have a running X Font Server.
> which version or xfree do you have?

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