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I was wondering what's the best way to go about this. I don't have it available in Kdenlive or GIMP so I don't think it's installed.

The ttf-mscorefonts-installer package doesn't work for me, it constantly shows an error of "Failed to download extra data files". There's probably a different way to install this one font...

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  • @muru No, I'm not getting that error @digiwizkid That answer suggests using the Ubuntu Software Center which has been made obsolete and also the ttf- package doesn't work. My question is about whether there's a better way to install it than just manually copying a .ttf file into a folder (aka, what's the best way?). Commented May 8, 2017 at 7:55
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    Well, that's the error you mentioned. The best way is to use the package, which suffers from a bug, which has a workaround, described in both the post I linked to, and the bug report you linked to.
    – muru
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 7:57
  • Their error is that the sub-script is stuck at [Waiting for headers] but mine just has lots of lines that say "Can't download" and the script completes, unsuccessfully. Commented May 8, 2017 at 8:02
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    This question should be reopened. These "Duplicates" are general "learn how to fish", not specific "how to catch a trout". Considering this is the first result on google when I search for "ubuntu impact font", It should have a specific answer here, and not one that requires me to first learn how to install fonts in general, with no context to "impact" and whatever license it falls under.
    – Anon
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 3:41
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    Here in 2021 in Ubuntu 18.04 this appears to work fine by running sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    – gene_wood
    Commented Dec 4, 2021 at 16:44

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The solution I've found is to download Debian's version of this package:

https://packages.debian.org/en/sid/all/ttf-mscorefonts-installer/download

Then the fonts install without any problems! Hooray, and curse Ubuntu for failing to create a functional package when they could've just copied Debian's version and had it work!

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  • Ubuntu DID just copy Debian's package. Curse your assumptions.
    – user535733
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 13:05
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    @user535733: ?? Commented May 8, 2017 at 13:32
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    @user535733 False, because if they did, it would work, I downloaded the package directly from Debian and it worked, but Ubuntu's copy doesn't, therefore these are not the same file and aren't copies. Commented May 8, 2017 at 23:25
  • @AaronFranke there mare many possible reasons why your attempt to install the Ubuntu package didn't work. Some people here are quite good at narrowing those possibilities, identifying the real problem, and fixing it. Jumping to conclusions is indeed fun, but it skips over that important step of troubleshooting the problem.
    – user535733
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 23:30
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    @user535733 Whatever conclusions you can draw doesn't change the fact that the Ubuntu package is faulty and the Debian package is functional. Commented May 8, 2017 at 23:38

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