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fnt2bdf

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Name

fnt2bdf — convert VGA raw fonts to X11 BDF

Syntax

fnt2bdf [-x] [-n fontname] [-w fontwidth] file

Description

Converts a raw font FNT file (4096 bytes) to a BDF file, suitable for bdf2pcf, which can then serve as an X11 font.
For best results, fontname should be the same as the later filename (w/o .bdf). Output is always standard output. The default for "fontname" is "defaultXXXX" otherwise, default for -w is 9.

Options

-n fontname
The X11 font name that will be embedded into the BDF output.
-w fontwidth
The width of the font in pixels. VGA fonts are always(?) 8 pixels wide and are displayed as such, but if you happen to have glyphs only 7 pixels wide, you can use this option to crop the glyphs for X11.
-x
Do not do the CP437 to ANSI glyph position translation. This option is generally useful for VGA font files that have been converted from PSF.

Example

To actually use fonts in e.g. xterm, they need to be present as PCF files.
fnt2bdf -n roman roman.fnt | bdftopcf |
gzip -9c >/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/roman.pcf.gz

See also

hxtools(7)
2008-02-06 hxtools