Comment 11 for bug 1068549

On my Ubuntu 12.10:

~/.fontconfig is ignored
~/.config/fontconfig (as expected) works

which is not surprising as /etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf contains :

 <include ignore_missing="yes" prefix="xdg">fontconfig/conf.d</include>
 <include ignore_missing="yes" prefix="xdg">fontconfig/fonts.conf</include>

but does not mention ~/.fontconfig .