Xorg Legacy

Introduction to Xorg Legacy

Xorg's ancestor (X11R1, in 1987) at first only provided bitmap fonts, with a tool (bdftopcf) to assist in their installation. With the introduction of xorg-server-1.19.0 and libXfont2 many people will not need them. There are still a few old packages which might require, or benefit from, these deprecated fonts and so the following packages are shown here.



The font-adobe-100dpi package installs 100 dots per inch versions of Courier, Helvetica, New Century Schoolbook and Times fonts.

The remaining font packages here provide 75dpi versions of those fonts, and various miscellaneous fonts - mostly for legacy encodings. Those are primarily to silence warnings when testing Xorg. In previous versions of BLFS a lot more legacy fonts were installed.

Please consult the BLFS-7.10 systemd book at https://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/7.10-systemd/x/x7font.html if you wish to install any of those other fonts.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

Xorg Legacy Dependencies


Xorg Fonts

Downloading Xorg Legacy

First, create a list of files to be downloaded. This file will also be used to verify the integrity of the downloads when complete:

cat > legacy.dat << "EOF"
e09b61567ab4a4d534119bba24eddfb1 util/ bdftopcf-1.1.1.tar.xz
20239f6f99ac586f10360b0759f73361 font/ font-adobe-100dpi-1.0.4.tar.xz
2dc044f693ee8e0836f718c2699628b9 font/ font-adobe-75dpi-1.0.4.tar.xz
2c939d5bd4609d8e284be9bef4b8b330 font/ font-jis-misc-1.0.4.tar.xz
6300bc99a1e45fbbe6075b3de728c27f font/ font-daewoo-misc-1.0.4.tar.xz
fe2c44307639062d07c6e9f75f4d6a13 font/ font-isas-misc-1.0.4.tar.xz
145128c4b5f7820c974c8c5b9f6ffe94 font/ font-misc-misc-1.1.3.tar.xz

To download the needed files using Wget-1.21.4, use the following commands:

mkdir legacy &&
cd    legacy &&
grep -v '^#' ../legacy.dat | awk '{print $2$3}' | wget -i- -c \
     -B https://www.x.org/pub/individual/ &&
grep -v '^#' ../legacy.dat | awk '{print $1 " " $3}' > ../legacy.md5 &&
md5sum -c ../legacy.md5

Installation of Xorg Legacy



When installing multiple packages in a script, the installation needs to be done as the root user. There are three general options that can be used to do this:

  1. Run the entire script as the root user (not recommended).

  2. Use the sudo command from the Sudo-1.9.15p5 package.

  3. Use su -c "command arguments" (quotes required) which will ask for the root password for every iteration of the loop.

One way to handle this situation is to create a short bash function that automatically selects the appropriate method. Once the command is set in the environment, it does not need to be set again.

  if   [ $EUID = 0 ];        then $*
  elif [ -x /usr/bin/sudo ]; then sudo $*
  else                            su -c \\"$*\\"

export -f as_root

First, start a subshell that will exit on error:

bash -e

Install all of the packages by running the following commands:

for package in $(grep -v '^#' ../legacy.md5 | awk '{print $2}')
  tar -xf $package
  pushd $packagedir
    ./configure $XORG_CONFIG
    as_root make install
  rm -rf $packagedir
  as_root /sbin/ldconfig

Finally, exit the shell that was started earlier:



Installed Programs: bdftopcf
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/100dpi, $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/75dpi, $XORG_PREFIX/share/fonts/misc

Short Descriptions


converts an X font from Bitmap Distribution Format to Portable Compiled Format