1 Starting points and intents
I wish to have the Windows/MSDOS fonts installed in my Ubuntu 18.04, installing the package
2 Ubuntu 18.04
2.1 The Synaptic way
After launching the installation of ttf-mscorefonts-installer, I am asked for acceptance of the EULA license
The following message makes me think that all is fine:
Instead, shortly afterwards, I am presented with this one which betrays my expectations:
If I click on 'Run this action now' there is another windows asking for authentication for /usr/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloader. If I proceed, the screen is greyed out but the application does not seem to proceed within any reasonable time. I can cancel the operation, but I am unable to fix the problem
2.2 The terminal-based way
2.2.1 sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
Repeating the same from the terminal, the interesting part of the input is
/usr/lib/msttcorefonts/update-ms-fonts: 87: /usr/lib/msttcorefonts/update-ms-fonts: cabextract: not found
repeated 11 times, and
mv: cannot stat 'andalemo.ttf': No such file or directory
repeated 30 times for the fonts andalemo, ariblk, arial, arialbd, arialbi, ariali, comic, comicbd, cour, courbd, couri, courbi, georgia, georgiab, georgiai, georgiaz, impact, times, timesbd, timesbi, timesi, trebuc, trebucbd, trebucit, trebucbi, verdana, verdanab, verdanai, verdanaz, webdings.
The concluding remark is
One or more fonts could not be extracted. The fonts are NOT installed. Please run 'dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer' to perform the installation again
2.2.1 dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer
Launching the above command, first I get this window about font files location:
I leave the line blank since the fonts have presumably not been downloaded (not extracted, not found).
Second, this other window on mirror repository
where I again leave the line blank trusting that the system is informed about where to fetch the material.
The command is completed with exit status 0, but there is no messaging about what happened.
2.2.3 sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer take 2
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done ttf-mscorefonts-installer is already the newest version (3.6ubuntu2). 0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
At this point I don't have a benchmark to know whether the installation has been complete and successful. In
/usr/share/fonts/ I cannot find the ttf files mentioned above in 2.2.1:
find -name verdana.ttf produces no match in both /usr/share/fonts and $HOME
How can I be sure that the installation has been terminated successfully?
Where are the fonts supposed to be fetched from (remotely) and saved into (locally)?
Knowing this is important for triaging other issues down the line; more later in a different post.
I have seen in another computer with Ubuntu 14.04 and ttf-mscorefonts-installer 3.4+nmu1ubuntu1 that the fonts in points have actually been stored in /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/. So I imagine that now there must be something wrong with sourcing and saving these files.