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convert part or all of a PSF Font file to an X11 BDF.


psf2bdf [--first=FIRST] [--last=LAST] [--256] [--fontname=NAME] [--defchar=INDEX] [--descent=VALUE] [--codepage=CODEPAGE] [--iso10646] [INPUTFILE [OUTPUTFILE]]


psf2bdf saves some or all characters from a .PSF font to an X11-format BDF font file. The resulting file should then be tidied up in an editor such as xmbdfed(1) before being installed.



Extracts only the characters in the given codepage (requires the source PSF file to have a Unicode directory). Any characters in the codepage not present in the source font are replaced by blanks. The codepage can be specified by number or name; see psfpages(1) for a list of acceptable  codepage names.


Extracts characters starting at the specified character.


Extracts characters up to and including the specified character.


Equivalent to --first=0 --last=255.


Sets the XLFD name of the font being output.


Sets the descent (pixels between the character baseline and the bottom of the character cell). If this is not entered it is assumed to be 1/4 of the  character height.


Sets the number of the default character to use.


If this option is present and the source file has a Unicode directory, the  font will encode the ID of each character as its Unicode position. Otherwise the character's ID is equal to its position in the file.

If a codepage and a range of characters are both specified, the range is applied to the subset of characters extracted by the codepage.


The BDF needs tidying up after generation, as mentioned above.

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


21 June, 2008 Version 1.0.8 PSF Tools