fnts2fon man page

fnts2fon — Construct a Windows .FON file from one or more .FNT files


fnts2fon [--fontid=IDSTRING] [--winver=MAJOR.MINOR] [other options...] INPUTFILE [INPUTFILE ...] OUTPUTFILE


fnts2fon attempts to combine one or more Windows FNT files into a FON file.  This procedure is shrouded in darkness and mystery, dimly illuminated by the  Microsoft Knowledge Base article  <http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q76/5/35.ASP> and the NE file format.

If you are running fnts2fon in the Cygwin environment, you will need to  grant execute permission to the resulting .FON file using chmod(1) before  Windows can use it.


Note that apart from --fontid and possibly --winver, the other options should  not be necessary unless you are trying to produce output byte-by-byte identical to an existing Windows font.


Sets the font resolution / description string. This is normally formed  "FONTRES nn,nn,nn : Description". It must begin FONTRES for Windows 3.x and 9x to recognise the font. By default the string used is  "FONTRES 200,96,48 : <fontname> ".

Under MS-DOS, use underlines to represent spaces - for example,



Sets the Windows version required in the output file. The MAJOR and MINOR  are treated as separate numbers, so --winver=3.1 and --winver=3.01 are the same, but --winver=3.1 and --winver=3.10 are different. Windows 2.x and 3.0 still load fonts marked as for version 3.1 so this option may not have  much practical use.

--checksum16=nnn and --checksum32=nnn

Set the 16-bit checksum in the DOS header, and the 32-bit checksum in the Windows header. Windows does not appear to check these.


Sets the message to display if the font is renamed to .EXE and run from DOS.


Sets the resource ID to allocate to the first font.


Sets the increment to add to the resource ID.


Set the version of the linker that supposedly created this file. The same  caveats apply as for --winver.


Set the name of the program that was supposedly assembled to make this file.


Sets the value in word 2 of the 'MZ' file header.


Set the DOS stub to use. They all do exactly the same thing, but in  slightly different ways.


Mark font nnn as a system font.


Does not appear to work with vector .FNT files, only raster ones.

See Also

cpi2psf(1), cpicomp(1), cpidcomp(1)


John Elliott <jce@seasip.demon.co.uk>.


21 June, 2008 Version 1.0.8 PSF Tools