How do I fix: Error: Font 'Arial Bold' with encoding 'winansi': Font file (AFM, PFM, TTF, OTF etc.) or host font not found

Posted on 2009-05-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I keep getting this error when I load my program into linux (Ubuntu 8):
Error: Font 'Arial Bold' with encoding 'winansi': Font file (AFM, PFM, TTF, OTF etc.) or host font not found

I need to know:
1. What the path is that pdflib is looking in for these files.
2. Where I can get these files.
3. Anything else that resolves this issue.

Question by:rae_rae
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
LVL 11

Expert Comment

ID: 24298846
You'll need to specify the full path to the font file(s). The font file also needs to be in a folder accessible to PHP (open_basedir setting comes to mind.) So you may need to copy the font file to a sub-folder of your PHP application/site, verify access permissions and so on...

You should be able to download some of those fonts from the Internet, or install some font-related packages.

Author Comment

ID: 24299551
I pretty much knew all that already. I need to know:
What the path is (how to establish this) and where I can get the files (from what site). I can then install them, of course.
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

jausions earned 500 total points
ID: 24299729
Check: /etc/fonts/fonts.conf
/home/<username>/.fonts (where <username> is your user name).

In Synaptic search for "font" or "ttf" or "true type", etc...
Salesforce Made Easy to Use

On-screen guidance at the moment of need enables you & your employees to focus on the core, you can now boost your adoption rates swiftly and simply with one easy tool.


Author Comment

ID: 24300291
Thanks. I'll look into this when I get back into work.

Author Comment

ID: 24310069
When viming /etc/fonts/fonts.conf I get this:

Uder the Font directory list directive section.
Why does linux have so many font directories!? lol wth?

The fonts are all found under /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/

My error: "'Arial Bold' with encoding 'winansi': Font file (AFM, PFM, TTF, OTF etc.) or host font not found" doesn't get fixed if I change my directive
from $bold_font = $pdf->load_font('Arial Bold', 'winansi', '');
to $bold_font = $pdf->load_font('Arial_Bold', 'winansi', '');

Neither does it correct if I change it
from $bold_font = $pdf->load_font('Arial Bold', 'winansi', '');
to $bold_font = $pdf->load_font('Arial', 'winansi', '');

This still is happening...and I still do not know why.

Accepted Solution

rae_rae earned 0 total points
ID: 24310205
I figured it out. The fonts needed to be copied to the SearchPath directive location in the pdf set_parameter function.

Featured Post

WordPress Tutorial 2: Terminology

An important part of learning any new piece of software is understanding the terminology it uses. Thankfully WordPress uses fairly simple names for everything that make it easy to start using the software.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Author Note: Since this E-E article was originally written, years ago, formal testing has come into common use in the world of PHP.  PHPUnit ( and similar technologies have enjoyed wide adoption, making it possib…
Password hashing is better than message digests or encryption, and you should be using it instead of message digests or encryption.  Find out why and how in this article, which supplements the original article on PHP Client Registration, Login, Logo…
The viewer will learn how to dynamically set the form action using jQuery.
This tutorial will teach you the core code needed to finalize the addition of a watermark to your image. The viewer will use a small PHP class to learn and create a watermark.

630 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question