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As a user of OpenSolaris you may be wondering why it's missing all the popular fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman and the ever popular Wingdings. The license for these fonts prohibit their distribution with the operating system, however, they are freely available to you in the extra repository.

If you haven't yet set up the extra repository, take a moment and do so because it has other goodies like Flash, VirtualBox and the JavaFX SDK.

Once you have the extra repository added, the additional fonts are in the ttf-fonts-core package:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg info -r ttf-fonts-core
Name: system/font/truetype/ttf-fonts-core
Summary: Core desktop and document TrueType fonts
Category: System/Fonts
State: Not installed
Publisher: extra
Version: 1.0
Build Release: 5.11
Branch: 0.111
Packaging Date: Fri Apr 3 19:46:26 2009
Size: 16.10 MB
FMRI: pkg://extra/system/font/truetype/ttf-fonts-core@1.0,5.11-0.111:20090403T194626Z

The list of fonts includes:

To install them:
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg install ttf-fonts-core
Completed 1/1 84/84 9.49/9.49
Install Phase 98/98
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 1/1

Then use them:

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Comments ( 7 )
  • gerard Thursday, June 18, 2009


    after doing it on my machine and rebooting, all applications's fonts have changed! gnome-terminal, thunderbird, etc...

    Is it normal?

  • Jan Hnatek Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Yes, that is expected. These are the default fonts in SXCE and when installing to OpenSolaris, they become the default too.

    You can modify their priority by altering the number in the following symlink name: /etc/X11/fontpath.d/core:pri=35

  • Diş Sağlığı Thursday, June 25, 2009

    thanks for the information

  • Fragmanlar Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Thanks ...

  • Brian Leonard Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Hi Mike,

    You'll have this issue with any package you try to install until you upgraded to 2009.06. The solution is to specify the version you which to install, which you can find by running "pkg list -fav <package name>". For ttf-core-fonts, this returns:

    bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg list -fav --no-refresh ttf-fonts-core


    pkg://extra/system/font/truetype/ttf-fonts-core@1.0,5.11-0.111:20090403T194626Z installed ----

    pkg://extra/system/font/truetype/ttf-fonts-core@1.0,5.11-0.101:20090402T232736Z known u---

    So the following should work for you:

    pfexec pkg install ttf-fonts-core@1.0,5.11-0.101

  • Christophe Pauliat Wednesday, January 20, 2010


    I cannot install the ttf-fonts-core packages on my build 129 OpenSolaris 2009.06.

    Error message below.

    Any idea ???

    # pkg install ttf-fonts-core


    Completed 754/754 22932/22932 342.6/342.6

    pkg: Requested "install" operation would affect files that cannot be modified in live image.

    Please retry this operation on an alternate boot environment.

  • Dav Monday, March 4, 2019

    This article is awesome. Sadly your link to Oracle blog is gone. Would update to the link be too much to ask for future googlers?
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