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I like the ProggyClean fonts a lot and would like to see them in my terminal. The "True Type Font" versions aren't great, but the bitmap (raster, *.fon) fonts are excellent. This should be a virtue since the Linux fonts are all raster as a matter of course.

I think the Linux font format is PSF2 (among others?) and is detailed here:

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You can download bitmap Proggy fonts from

In any case install and use FontForge. Load a .fon file and save as .sfd.

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Thanks for the answer! I don't see "sfd" in man setfont; does linux use sfd files? Perhaps there is some sfd -> psf2 converter? – Limited Atonement Oct 25 '12 at 15:10
@LimitedAtonement: SFD is Fontforge's native file-format, analogous to Gimp's native XCF. You must export the font from Fontforge, to get the final product. SFD files are great for saving a work in progress, I would also recommend you save one right before your final export. So if you ever need to go back, as creating correct PSF/PSF2 is not trivial, you won't need to recreate all your work. – TechZilla Feb 28 '13 at 16:11
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Perhaps you can use the LinuxFont project?

Its purpose is to create PSF2 fonts, and it has a way to convert .fon font files.

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