[MPlayer-users] Acceptable way to disable fontconfig caching...

Josh joshf87 at live.com
Fri Jan 8 02:09:05 CET 2016

I've been figuring some way to deal with fontconfig's annoying cache, a 
final nail in the coffin being that when updating the fontconfig library 
older caches had to be cleaned out or else it would keep scanning every 
single time MPlayer is run.

Compiling without fontconfig, or using -nofontconfig, works fine with 
embedded fonts but then it wouldn't be possible to specify system fonts, 
in that case MPlayer can only use subfont.ttf.

It seems removing '<dir>WINDOWSFONTDIR</dir>' from fonts.conf removes 
the scanning and caching, and still retains the ability to use system 
fonts. I tested with an external .ass changing it to numerous different 
system fonts with and without '<dir>WINDOWSFONTDIR</dir>' (and removing 
caches between tests of course) and there was no difference except an 
ominous warning message:

Fontconfig failed to select a font. Trying without fontconfig...
Fontconfig failed to select a font. Trying without fontconfig...

[ass] fontselect: (Wingdings, 400, 0) -> Wingdings-Regular, 0, 

I am using the latest libass from git. I'm thinking of pushing this 
change to my builds and even comment out the 'Fontconfig failed' 
message, if there isn't anything I overlooked. Thoughts?

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