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g.mkfontcap - Generates the font configuration file by scanning various directories for




g.mkfontcap --help
g.mkfontcap [-os] [extradirs=string] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]

Overwrite font configuration file if already existing

Write font configuration file to standard output instead of $GISBASE/etc

Print usage summary

Verbose module output

Quiet module output

Force launching GUI dialog

List of extra directories to scan
Comma-separated list of extra directories to scan for Freetype-compatible fonts as
well as the defaults (see documentation)


g.mkfontcap is a utilty to generate a GRASS font configuration file ("fontcap") containing
details of the fonts available on the current system. If Freetype is not installed, the
font list will be limited to the set of Hershey stroke fonts supplied with GRASS. With
Freetype enabled however, the module will recursively scan all files within a predefined
hierarchy to find Freetype-compatible scalable fonts. The list of directories scanned is

These correspond to directories where fonts can be found on some common operating systems.
Extra directories to search can easily by added using the extradirs parameter, which
accepts a comma-separated list. An extra directory may optionally contain an environment
variable at the start of the string, if enclosed in ${xxx} syntax (see examples above).

The module will normally write to the standard fontcap file location,
$GISBASE/etc/fontcap. If the environment variable GRASS_FONT_CAP is set, the output will
instead be written to the file specified by that variable. This is useful if you don’t
have permission to modify $GISBASE/etc/fontcap: in this case you can use e.g.
# use local file version instead of system copy

to create a personal copy and then to make GRASS use that file instead of the system copy.

The output list of fonts is sorted first by type (Stroke fonts first, followed by
Freetype) and within each type by the short name of the font.

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