Caitlyn has packaged Fontfix, which addresses an installed but disabled font problem. It doesn't solve the root cause (which I still haven't found) but it cures the symptom perfectly well on VL 5.9, VL64 5.9 Beta 1, and VL Light 5.9 Beta 1. I'd like to see this included in the release code for VL64 and VL Light and I'd like to see it tested and fast tracked into patches on VL 5.9. Package and sources are in the usual place. This is a true noarch package (no compilation involved).
From the README in the package:
This package installs a new /etc/fonts/conf.aval/51-local.conf
file which performs two functions:
1. It explicity adds all the disabled font directories to the
2. It enables subpixel rendering required by some optional
Type1 font packages, particularly for non-Latin glyphs. This
functionality is enabled by from code included in Culmus, a
Hebrew font package by Maxim Iorsh. While this functionality
may not be needed on systems on which no additional Type1
fonts have been installed it does not degrade performance or
the display of any fonts. It is included in order to have a
uniform local.conf file that need not be rewritten when
various font packages are installed or removed.
The package also runs a script to make update the font cache
and make the system immediately aware of the changes.
fontfix: fontfix (Enable all installed fonts in Vector Linux 5.9)
fontfix: A bug in Vector Linux 5.9 results in a large number of fonts included
fontfix: with X.org installed but disabled on a vanilla system. This package
fontfix: installs a new /etc/fonts/conf.aval/51-local.conf file which adds
fontfix: all the disabled font directories to the font path. It also enables
fontfix: subpixel rendering required by some optional Type1 font packages.
fontfix: The font cache is rebuilt and fonts are immediately enabled.
fontfix: License: GNU Library General Public License (LGPL)
fontfix: Sub-pixel rendering code: Maxim Iorsh <email@example.com>
fontfix: Author: Caitlyn Martin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BUILDDATE: Tue Feb 26 00:34:25 EST 2008
HOST: Linux 18.104.22.168 i686
DISTRO: 5.9 Standard GOLD built on Dec-16-07
CFLAGS: -march=i586 -mtune=i686
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