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clean-up of workstation fonts Mint 18.xx

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:23 pm
by SaintDanBert
How do I remove fonts that I don't want or need without causing trouble for apps or utils that rely on some font that I'm not aware of?

My primary font need is U.S., British, and Austrailian English. I also use fonts for French in Canada, France and Belgium. I have occasional need for fonts for South American Spanish. I also have need for fonts that support Russian but that is extremely rare. (I'm probably using "font" when "character set" might be more correct, so please bear with me.) In short, I need to support Western Europe. I have zero need for any Oriental, India, or Indonesia fonts.

I use LibreOffice, Scribus, and Sigil for documents and I share these with folks who use Windows(tm), Mac(tm), and Linux(tm) workstations. Folks also use iOS(tm) and Android(tm) smart devices. Some of these have limited ability to work around "missing" or eccentric fonts.

There are a boat load of font files on my laptop that I want to remove and banish forever. I also want to remove and banish fonts that appear (to my eyes) as clones of other fonts. How many Arial-look-alike fonts does on really need?

Please help! My laptop has limited space and I'd really like to make it more effective for routine use by font cleanup.

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan

Re: clean-up of workstation fonts Mint 18.xx

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:10 pm
by Flemur
SaintDanBert wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:23 pm
How do I remove fonts that I don't want or need without causing trouble for apps or utils that rely on some font that I'm not aware of?

My primary font need is U.S., British, and Austrailian English. I also use fonts for French in Canada, France and Belgium. I have occasional need for fonts for South American Spanish. I also have need for fonts that support Russian but that is extremely rare.

(I'm probably using "font" when "character set" might be more correct, so please bear with me.) In short, I need to support Western Europe. I have zero need for any Oriental, India, or Indonesia fonts.
There are some posts and script(s) floating around the forum about deleting all those fonts, esp India, etc.

FWIW, I have a pretty minimal font setup:

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ls /usr/share/fonts/truetype
dejavu  liberation  mscore  ttf-bitstream-vera  ubuntu-font-family
and can see Russian charcters and special characters in Spanish (in firefox, at least) - I think they get covered by either "deja-vu" or "ubuntu" (which are each the size of "mscore" = about 8 fonts);

Re: clean-up of workstation fonts Mint 18.xx

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:59 pm
by SaintDanBert
Flemur wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:10 pm
There are some posts and script(s) floating around the forum about deleting all those fonts, esp India, etc.
FWIW, I have a pretty minimal font setup:

Code: Select all

ls /usr/share/fonts/truetype
dejavu  liberation  mscore  ttf-bitstream-vera  ubuntu-font-family
and can see Russian charcters and special characters in Spanish (in firefox, at least) - I think they get covered by either "deja-vu" or "ubuntu" (which are each the size of "mscore" = about 8 fonts);
Thanks for this... I'll start looking for "font scripts" and similar.
I would appreciate a web link to anything that someone discovers while I'm looking.

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan