April 16th 2018


TerminusV Variable Width Bitmap Font

TerminusV (Variable Width) & TerminusC (Fixed Width Condensed), both based on the original Terminus font. So far, only iso8859-1 (usually called western) is implemented, and only three rather small sizes (10, 11 and 12 pixel).

Comparison to the regular Terminus font:

Manual Installation

Copy all files inside terv-terc to an existing folder that is in X's font path (check with xset q), usually /usr/share/fonts/misc or /usr/share/fonts/local.

Open a terminal in the folder you just copied the files into. As superuser, enter:

fc-cache -f

As your normal user, enter:

xset fp rehash

This should be enough for the Xserver's database, but other graphical applications may not see the fonts until you log out/in.

Automatic installation

Just run the script install.sh, it will go through the same steps described above.
It relies on sudo.
It will exit unceremoniously if something goes wrong.

Other Information

if you haven't been using bitfonts/pixelfonts until now, here's a good guide to what you need to do first: http://iamfuss.deviantart.com/journal/How-to-install-artwiz-pixel-fonts-in-Ubuntu-226000883

additionally, you might want to disable bitmap font scaling (because it's ugly) by deleting any file called *-scale-bitmap-fonts.conf from /etc/fonts/conf.d and/or delete *-synthetic.conf from /etc/fonts/conf.d to disable creation of artificial italic/bold fonts.

Thanks go to Dimitar Zhekov for creating the original Terminus font, explaining what an Open Font License is and not minding me messing around with his work or having the original font name in its name.

forum thread: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=173065

Published under the Open Font License.