bdftopcf − convert X font from Bitmap Distribution Format to Portable Compiled Format
bdftopcf [ −pn ] [ −un ] [ −m ] [ −l ] [ −M ] [ −L ] [ −t ] [ −i ] [ −o outputfile ] fontfile.bdf
Bdftopcf is a font compiler for the X server and font server. Fonts in Portable Compiled Format can be
read by any architecture, although the file is structured to allow one particular architecture to read them
directly without reformatting. This allows fast reading on the appropriate machine, but the files are still
portable (but read more slowly) on other machines.
Sets the font glyph padding. Each glyph in the font will have each scanline padded in to a multi-
ple of n bytes, where n is 1, 2, 4 or 8.
Sets the font scanline unit. When the font bit order is different from the font byte order, the scan-
line unit n describes what unit of data (in bytes) are to be swapped; the unit i can be 1, 2 or 4
Sets the font bit order to MSB (most significant bit) first. Bits for each glyph will be placed in
this order; i.e., the left most bit on the screen will be in the highest valued bit in each unit.
Sets the font bit order to LSB (least significant bit) first. The left most bit on the screen will be in
the lowest valued bit in each unit.
Sets the font byte order to MSB first. All multi-byte data in the file (metrics, bitmaps and every-
thing else) will be written most significant byte first.
Sets the font byte order to LSB first. All multi-byte data in the file (metrics, bitmaps and every-
thing else) will be written least significant byte first.
When this option is specified, bdftopcf will convert fonts into "terminal" fonts when possible. A
terminal font has each glyph image padded to the same size; the X server can usually render these
types of fonts more quickly.
This option inhibits the normal computation of ink metrics. When a font has glyph images which
do not fill the bitmap image (i.e., the "on" pixels don’t extend to the edges of the metri