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How to get gnome-font-properties dialog recognize new fonts?

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Hi,

I have added some nice TrueType fonts to my Slack 9.1 syste.  For KDE/QT all I had to do is add the path to my XF86Config file and all QT-based apps picked up the new fonts.  Simple.

Gnome is the whole another story.  I expected the same when I went to "Pick a Font" after invoking gnome-font-properties, but the same few original options stayed in there.  After googling I came across project "pango", but I don't really know how it fits into the whole schema of things.  How come Gonome can't be as simple in recognizing new X fonts like KDE is?  And more importantly, what do I have to do to get it see my new fonts?  Ultimately what I'm after is being able to pick my new font from gnome-font-properties dialog so that all GTK based apps have the same nice font I have just installed.

My Slack 9.1 came with Gnome 2.4 and that's what I have.
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Check if your fonts are in the path /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF path or somewhere there. If not, then copy the font files there and then restart and check if you can see the fonts.
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I will try that when I get home.  However, I'd prefer for a cleaner solution, such as some place in the GNOME configuration where I can tell it where my fonts already are so that it can see it.

My fonts is a set of TrueType fonts for Central Europr, mainly because it contains special symbols from the polish alphabet.  Again, I know things work, and it isn't an X server issue, cause all KDE/QT apps work perfectly with it.

My fonts are installed in:

/usr/X11R5/lib/X11/fonts/polish/
  ............................................75dpi/
  ............................................100dpi/
  ............................................misc/

and the FontPath in my XF86Config says:  /usr/X11R5/lib/X11/fonts/polish/

Apparently GNOME needs more than just FontPath.  I came across /etc/gdk/ directory where one is supposed to add <dir> tag to XML-based local.conf.   I did that as well to no avail.

Also, I came across project fontilus, as I knew something must be making the "font:///" work.  I think it's fontilus so I'm wondering if that's where perhaps I need to add my new path?  Apparently in GNOME if you type the location font:/// it resolves to the directory where the few of original GNOME fonts are installed.  But I swear - after looking all over I could not find what's the real path behind "font:///" and how to add extra fonts to it.

Hope this helps more, as I would really prefer to do this cleanly.  I'd like to keep my existing location with new fonts intact, as I believe there must be an easier way to go to some GNOME config file and just tell it where the new fonts are.
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Check out the following link. I guess it has something to do with the theme you have installed.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/archive/26/2004/02/2/143900
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