I've looked through the HOWTO's, the XFree86 website, etc. Can't find this
particular answer.

Recently installed a Linux system with XFree 4.3.0 with the fontserver,
etc. In the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 directory are 6 font
definitions.

Luxi - sans, mono, serif
monospace
Bitsteam Charter

Doing a "find / -name *.afm -print" the following directories were found
to contain scalable fonts. Since there are afm files for TrueType fonts
in the directory for TTF, I'm guessing any scalable font uses a metrics
file.

The XFree website suggests /usr/share/fonts/{type} as the recommended
location to install all fonts.

My questions:

1) Is there a known documented reason why all the fonts at these locations
can't be either copied or linked into /usr/share/fonts/{type}?

2) Realizing the applications have "private" fonts installed for their
specific use, is there any reason they can't be used generally under X?

3) Other than taking extra disk space, what is the down side to doing
this?

JS

* List of directory locations of fonts follows *


/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/
/usr/share/a2ps/afm/
/usr/share/ogonkify/afm/
/usr/share/enscript/afm/
/usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/
/usr/share/groff/1.17.2/font/devps/generate/
/usr/share/t1lib/Fonts/afm/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/avantgar/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/bookman/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/courier/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/helvetic/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/ncntrsbk/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/palatino/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/symbol/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/times/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/zapfchan/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/adobe/zapfding/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/bitstrea/charter/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/antp/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/antt/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/marvosym/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/mathpazo/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/omega/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/pl/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/pxfonts/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/qfonts/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/txfonts/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/public/xypic/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/avantgar/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/bookman/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/courier/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/helvetic/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/ncntrsbk/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/palatino/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/symbol/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/times/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/zapfchan/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/urw/zapfding/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/lubright/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/lucida/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/lucidfax/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/lucsans/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/lumath/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/mathplus/
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/afm/yandy/mathtime/
/usr/share/abisuite/fonts/