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Installing Microsoft’s TrueType fonts on Linux servers

Although the idea of putting something from Microsoft on a Linux box might sound awful at first, you may find a reason to use Microsoft TrueType fonts on a Linux server. If you’re using GD to render an image, these fonts may come in handy.

If you have an RPM-based linux distribution, you can use a spec file that is available on SourceForge. You can follow the instructions on the project’s page, or you can follow these abbreviated instructions here:

Install some prerequisites:

// RHEL 4
up2date -i rpm-build wget ttmkfdir
// RHEL 5
yum install rpm-build wget ttmkfdir

Install cabextract.

Build the RPM:

wget -O /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
rpmbuild -bb msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec
rpm -Uvh /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec

Test it to be sure that they’re installed:

xlsfonts | grep ^-microsoft
rpm -ql msttcorefonts