All I wanted was to edit a simple old Word document, using some fancy fonts. I have the TrueType (TTF) files available, and I wanted to install them and edit the file with OpenOffice. It took me quite a while and a few failed attempts before I figured it out.
If you're using GNOME this is rather easy:
- hit <CTRL>-L with the desktop visible, or in a nautilus window
- enter fonts:// and hit <ENTER> - you should see icons/list of all the fonts installed
- open another nautilus window, navigate to the location of the TTF file you want to install
- drag and drop the TTF file into the fonts window
I had to exit/enter GNOME in order to get the fonts to appear in OpenOffice Writer.
You can also install fonts with dfontmgr. I tried it and it works, but even with this graphical tool, it's quite a hassle when compared to the GNOME way of doing it.
And, of course, the command line approach:
- copy the fonts to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/<new-directory> (as root) or to ~/.fonts/
- run fc-cache -fv
[9 Feb. 2008] UPDATE: dfontmgr is now obsolete - see Debian bug #282225.