Is snftobdf available for RS/6000 ?

Is snftobdf available for RS/6000 ?

Post by Ken Be » Thu, 04 Mar 1993 16:58:17

We're experimenting with DesqView/X on a PC, as an alternative
to dedicated X-terminals.  DV/X requires that server fonts reside
on the PC, however, in its own version of .snf; the standard X11
fonts are distributed with DV/X (at least the 75dpi and 100dpi),
but our RS/6000 aixwindow defaults call for the IBM fonts, which
were supplied only in the .snf form (by IBM, of course).

I know that there was a "snftobdf" supplied with MIT's X11R4
distribution.  Has anyone used this on the RS/6000s, successfully?
And if so, is there anywhere that we can get a suitable version
of snftobdf without having to transport all of the X11R4 package
over the net and then dig out the needed pieces?

Thanks, in advance.



Is snftobdf available for RS/6000 ?

Post by Tom McConnel » Fri, 05 Mar 1993 01:18:58

> I know that there was a "snftobdf" supplied with MIT's X11R4
> distribution.  Has anyone used this on the RS/6000s, successfully?

> Thanks, in advance.

> --

  The latest version (that I know of) of snftobdf is snftobdf-1.5. It is
available on in the /contrib area.

  There is also a bundle of tools available as "bdftools", which is also
available on export. However, the snftobdf in "bdftools" was version 1.4 last I

  And yes, I run snftobdf on an RS/6000, AIX-3.1 and AIX-3.2, and it works fine.


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Is snftobdf available for RS/6000 ?

Post by Ronald S. Wo » Fri, 05 Mar 1993 01:49:37

I haven't used the myself, but there were earlier reports that
snftobdf works pretty well here. Anyway, try contrib/bdftools.tar.Z on

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