I am using various old/legacy tools, such as
ical, which appear to prefer the fonts -- specifically, the font names -- returned by
xlsfonts, instead of
fc-list. That is, if I specify a font name output by
ical will use it. On the other hand, if I specify a font name output by
then those programs will ignore the specification and use a default font.
xlsfonts fonts are rather limited. For example, there is no "helvetica" font.
Note that I am working with a basic install of 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), with a number of application packages subsequently installed through
apt-get. As far as I know, I am only using the font packages that come with that basic installation. Previously, I used 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and had access to many more fonts (including Helvetica).
So, my questions are:
- Can I use the
fc-listfonts with these older packages? If so, how?
- If I'm limited to just the
xlsfontsfonts, then are there additional packages that I should install?
- Am I missing something fundamental about these fonts and how they work? If so, what?