[tex-live] fc-cache documentation ?

Vincent Torri vincent.torri at gmail.com
Sun Aug 28 09:24:55 CEST 2016

On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 7:38 AM, Werner LEMBERG <wl at gnu.org> wrote:
>>> It depends on fontconfig implementation and configuration.  In the
>>> early Linux version fc-cache was run automatically only on reboot,
>>> later it was changed to run once a day.  It can be configured in
>>> the configuration file, the default was later changed to one hour,
>>> now 10 minutes.  This means I no longer run fc-cache manually, I
>>> just wait a short time after adding a font.
> So this boils down to the following question:
>   Is fontconfig automatically run Windows if a font changes (in one of
>   the directories observed by fontconfig)?

There is no fontconfig daemon or such thing, at least on Windows (but
i've never seen that too on linux)

Afaik, the cache is run automatically once, when fcinit() is called
and does not find its cache file.

Vincent Torri

> Or to formulate it differently:
>   On Windows, does TeXLive install fontconfig as a background program
>   that is capable of monitoring the system font directories?  [Note
>   that it is not necessary to handle fonts within TeXLive, AFAIK,
>   since XeTeX and friends can use the texlsr data base.]
> In case the answer is yes, the next question would be
>   On Windows, does the TeXLive installer provides an interface to
>   configure the directories observed by fontconfig?
>     Werner

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