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

Josh joshf87 at live.com
Sun Jan 10 08:43:54 CET 2016

On 1/8/2016 02:55, wm4 wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:09:05 -0500
> Josh <joshf87 at live.com> wrote:
>> 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,
>> Wingdings-Regular
>> 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?
> Note that libass can run without fontconfig now (and should be doing
> that by default). But MPlayer itself has a dependency on fontconfig
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Well hopefully it won't require fontconfig at all in the future.

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